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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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JULY 11, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD


LEE’S SUMMIT MAN SENTENCED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Lee’s Summit, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for possessing child pornography.


            William E. Macklin, Jr., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this morning to 10 years in federal prison without parole, due to his prior felony conviction for sexual abuse of a child in Utah. The court also ordered Macklin to serve the rest of his life on supervised release following the prison term, and to forfeit to the government a laptop computer that was used to commit the offense.


            On March 21, 2008, Macklin pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography in October 2007. A computer technician who was repairing Macklin’s laptop contacted law enforcement officers when he discovered a number of images of prepubescent children involved in sexual situations on the computer.


            Macklin told the computer technician that he used his neighbor’s wireless network to access the Internet via the laptop’s wireless connectivity.


            During a forensic examination of Macklin’s laptop computer, approximately 6,220 images of child pornography were found in the unallocated (that is, deleted) space. Approximately 28 images of child pornography and nine videos of child pornography were found in the allocated (that is, undeleted) space of Macklin’s computer. A review of the RealPlayer video list indicated that certain suspected child pornography videos were viewed using the RealPlayer program. A review of the computer’s Internet history revealed that some of the child pornography was downloaded from a Russian Web site.


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Valenti. It was investigated by 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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