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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


AUGUST 8, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD


JEFFERSON CITY MAN SENTENCED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY


            JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Jefferson City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today on charges related to downloading child pornography over the Internet.


             Jesse Aaron Lipe, 26, of California, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this morning to six years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Lipe to forfeit to the government an 80GB computer hard drive and a Dell Dimension computer that were used to commit the violations.


             On Sept. 21, 2007, Lipe pleaded guilty to attempting to transport child pornography over the Internet, receiving child pornography over the Internet and being in possession of child pornography.


             This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Lynn. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the State Technical Assistance Team and the California, 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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