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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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OCTOBER 9, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


FORMER NURSE SENTENCED TO 50 YEARS IN PRISON

FOR PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY


DRUGGED, RAPED MINOR VICTIM ON VIDEO


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Cameron, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for drugging a minor in his custody, then using the unconscious girl to produce child pornography.


            William S. Price, 45, of Cameron, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008, to 50 years in federal prison without parole. Price was sentenced to the maximum possible sentence of 30 years in prison for producing child pornography and 20 years in prison for receiving child pornography, to be served consecutively. The court also ordered Price to pay $271,675 in restitution to the victim. Price was formerly a nursing supervisor at the Missouri State Veterans Home in Caldwell County, Mo.


            “This case is a tragic reminder that, behind every image or video of child pornography that’s downloaded over the Internet, there is a very real victim who was sexually assaulted in order to feed a perverse black market,” Wood said. “This tough sentence will protect more children from being victimized by this sexual predator.”


            On March 22, 2007, Price pleaded guilty to producing and receiving child pornography. Price admitted that he repeatedly drugged the minor victim, who was in his custody, from Oct. 1, 2005, to June 12, 2006. After she was unconscious, Price videotaped himself molesting and raping her.


            In addition to his own production of child pornography, Price also downloaded and saved images of child pornography from the Internet using the Kazaa file-sharing program. Price attempted to use the file-sharing program to cause notices to be published on the Internet offering child pornography, to distribute child pornography and to receive child pornography over the Internet.


            When law enforcement officers executed search warrants at Price’s home and office, they seized numerous drugs, including heavy sedatives, tranquilizers, muscle relaxers and anesthesia, along with drugs to reverse a sedative effect or anesthesia in order to bring a person out of unconsciousness, and Viagra. The items seized also included various needles and syringes, laxatives, a condom, a bottle of KY ultra gel and a camera and tripod.


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia L. Cordes. It was investigated by the Cameron, Mo., Police Department, the Caldwell County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


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