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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

www.usdoj.gov/usao/mow/index.html


JUNE 12, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD


COLUMBIA MAN SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS FOR

DISTRIBUTING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY


            JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Columbia, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for distributing child pornography.


            Raymond Darrell Ford, 49, of Columbia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright this morning to 20 years in federal prison without parole.


            On Jan. 31, 2008, Ford pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography. Ford admitted that he distributed child pornography over the Internet on June 20, 2007. Ford sent 13 images of child pornography to a person he believed to be a 14-year-old girl, but who was actually an undercover law enforcement officer. Some of those images portray depictions of violence and depictions of minors under 12 years old.


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lawrence E. Miller. It was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force, the Missouri State Technical Assistant Team and the Columbia, Mo., Police Department.


Project Safe Childhood

            This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.


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