OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106
MARCH 12, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD
CLAY COUNTY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ATTEMPTING
TO PRODUCE CHILD PORNOGRAPHY,
FACES 20 YEARS IN PRISON
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to attempting to produce child pornography.
Elvon L. Arndt, 66, of Kansas City-North, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this afternoon to the charge contained in a Feb. 4, 2009, federal indictment. Under the terms of today’s plea agreement, Arndt will receive a sentence of 20 years in federal prison without parole.
Arndt admitted that in the summer of 2006 he used a minor to attempt to produce child pornography. According to the plea agreement, Arndt took photos of a clothed minor that focused on her pubic region while she was sitting on his lap with her legs spread. Arndt also admitted that he “photoshopped” the digital image, altering copies of the photos to create images of a naked girl by digitally cutting and pasting clips from nude images.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Katharine Fincham. It was investigated by the FBI Cybercrimes Task Force, the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, the Saline County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, Missouri Child Safe of Central Missouri, Inc., and the Missouri Department of Social Services.
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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