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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

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NOVEMBER 18, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD


HENLEY MAN SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS

FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY


            JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Henley, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for producing child pornography by secretly videotaping minor girls in his bathroom.


             Jack Len Hilt, 59, of Henley, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this morning to 25 years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Hilt to forfeit to the government a camera, two VCRs, a five-inch color TV, a desktop computer and a laptop computer, all of which were used to commit the offense.


             Hilt pleaded guilty on May 8, 2008, to producing child pornography. Hilt’s family members in West Virginia contacted law enforcement officers in October 2006 when they found a computer bag with four DVDs and 22 VHS tapes containing child pornography, which Hilt had left behind during a visit. Some of the videos showed two minor girls, both younger than 16 when they were taped in June 2005, using a bathroom in Hilt’s residence.


             Hilt admitted that he hid a video camera behind a bathroom wall; the camera was wired to a TV and VCR. Hilt also admitted that he had secretly videotaped three additional minor females in 2002. None of the minor females were aware of the presence of the video camera or the fact that they were being videotaped while in Hilt’s bathroom.


             Investigators found numerous images of child pornography on Hilt’s computers.


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lawrence E. Miller. It was investigated by the Cole County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the State Technical Assistance Team, the Brook County, W. Va., Sheriff’s Department, the Division of Family Services and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.



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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