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
NOVEMBER 17, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD
FORMER POLICE OFFICER INDICTED FOR
PRODUCING CHILD PORN
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Matt J. Whitworth, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a former Noel, Mo., police officer was indicted by a federal grand jury today for producing and possessing child pornography.
Casey Nanez, 27, of Noel, was charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield. Casey was formerly a police officer for the city of Noel.
Today’s indictment alleges that Nanez used a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct in order to produce child pornography between Nov. 1, 2008, and May 1, 2009. The indictment also alleges that Nanez was in possession of child pornography during that time.
The indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require Nanez to forfeit to the government any property used to commit the alleged offenses, including a desktop 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 James J. Kelleher. It was investigated by the McDonald County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Joplin, Mo., Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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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