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NEWS RELEASE

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

www.usdoj.gov/usao/mow/index.html


MAY 22, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD


POLO MAN INDICTED FOR USING A CHILD

TO PRODUCE CHILD PORNOGRAPHY


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Matt J. Whitworth, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Polo, Mo., man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for using a child to produce child pornography and for receiving and possessing child pornography.


            Terry R. Ingerson, 44, of Polo, was charged in a four-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City on Wednesday, May 20, 2009.


            The federal indictment alleges that, between May 1 and Aug. 30, 2008, Ingerson used a minor to produce child pornography. Ingerson is also charged with one count of receiving child pornography over the Internet in April 2008 and two counts of possessing child pornography in March 2009.


            The indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require Ingerson to forfeit to the government any property used to commit the alleged offense, including a computer.


            Whitworth 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 Beth Phillips. It was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


Project Safe Childhood

            This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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 to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.


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