OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
MATT J. WHITWORTH
Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106
OCTOBER 21, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TWO KC MEN INDICTED FOR CHILD PORN
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Matt J. Whitworth, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that two Kansas City, Mo., men were indicted by a federal grand jury today in separate cases related to child pornography.
* James Phillip “Phil” Edwards, 60, of Kansas City, was charged in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City. Today’s indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Edwards on Oct. 14, 2009. Edwards remains in federal custody.
Today’s indictment alleges that Edwards advertised child pornography over the Internet on May 20, 2009. Edwards is also charged with attempting to distribute child pornography over the Internet on June 19, 2009, and with possessing child pornography on Oct. 14, 2009. The indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require Edwards to forfeit to the government any property used to commit the alleged offenses, including multiple hard drives and video tapes that were seized by law enforcement on Oct. 14, 2009, as well as any storage media that contains child pornography.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Katharine Fincham. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Independence, Mo., Police Department.
* Jonathan D. Kindrick, 23, of Kansas City, was charged in a nine-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.
Today’s indictment charges Kindrick with eight counts of receiving child pornography on his cell phone and one count of possessing child pornography from March 5 to March 10, 2009. The federal indictment also contains a forfeiture provision, which would require Kindrick to forfeit to the government any property used to commit the offense, including a Motorola Net 10 black flip cell phone.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Katharine Fincham. It was investigated by Missouri Probation and Parole, the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, and the FBI CyberCrimes Task Force.
Whitworth cautioned that the charges contained in these indictments 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.
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