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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 18, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD


SPRINGFIELD MAN SENTENCED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Springfield, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for receiving child pornography over the Internet.


            Scott Wayne Kahlenbeck, 23, of Springfield, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this morning to 10 years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Kahlenbeck to serve the rest of his life under supervised release following his incarceration, and to register as a sex offender.


            On March 3, 2008, Kahlenbeck pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography over the Internet between Dec. 9, 2006, and July 12, 2007. Kahlenbeck admitted that he purchased membership to identified Web sites known to be distributing child pornography. In a forensic examination of Kahlenbeck’s home computer, investigators discovered 12 video files of child pornography depicting girls from 4 to 12 years old engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Investigators also discovered approximately 405 photos of child pornography depicting both boys and girls from 2 to 15 years old engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The examination indicated that approximately 146 Web sites with titles suggesting they contained child pornography and bestiality were visited by the computer user.


            This case was prosecuted by Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael S. Oliver. It was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Missouri State Technological Assistance Team and the Springfield, 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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