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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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AUGUST 18, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


FORMER WEST PLAINS TEACHER INDICTED

FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a former high school teacher in West Plains, Mo., has been indicted by a federal grand jury for possessing and receiving child pornography over the Internet.


            Michael Wilson, 45, of West Plains, was charged in a two-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury on Aug. 6,2008. That indictment was unsealed and made public upon Wilson’s arrest and initial court appearance on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008.


            The federal indictment alleges that Wilson received child pornography over the Internet from April 8, 2005, to July 20, 2007. The indictment also alleges that Wilson was in possession of child pornography on his computer. The indictment contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require Wilson to forfeit to the government any property used to commit the offense, including a laptop computer.


            Wood cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James J. Kelleher. It was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.



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