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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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JUNE 5, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


FORMER LEE’S SUMMIT FIREFIGHTER SENTENCED

FOR ENTICING A MINOR FOR SEX


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a former Lee’s Summit, Mo., firefighter was sentenced in federal court for using the Internet to entice a person he believed to be a 14-year-old girl to engage in illegal sexual activity.


            Christopher D. Snyder, 28, of Lee’s Summit, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith on Wednesday, June 4, 2008, to five years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Snyder to forfeit to the government a laptop computer and a 1994 Acura, which he used to commit the offense.


            On Feb. 21, 2008, Snyder pleaded guilty to using the Internet to entice a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity. Snyder was employed as a firefighter at the time of the offense.


            Snyder admitted that he initiated a conversation in an online chat room on May 2, 2005, with a person he believed to be a 14-year-old girl, but who was in reality an undercover law enforcement officer. During a series of conversations in which he discussed meeting to engage in sexual activity, Snyder made arrangements to meet at a local grocery store. At 6:10 p.m. on May 9, 2005, Snyder drove past the grocery store twice; as he left, he was stopped and arrested by Kansas City police officers.


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia L. Cordes. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.



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