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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


BETH PHILLIPS


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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MAY 5, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD


JURY CONVICTS PLEASANT HOPE MAN OF

POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Pleasant Hope, Mo., man was convicted by a federal jury today of possessing child pornography.


            Phillip M. Brumfield, 59, of Pleasant Hope, was found guilty of being in possession of child pornography. Brumfield must also forfeit to the government four computers and a VHS camcorder that were used to commit the offense.


            Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Brumfield’s residence on May 28, 2008, while investigating allegations that Brumfield had been exposing himself to children in the area for a period of time, and that he had solicited one of the children to videotape them having sex in his home. Officers seized several computers and computer media that contained images of child pornography.


            Following the presentation of evidence, the jury in the U.S. District Court in Springfield deliberated approximately two hours before returning the guilty verdict to U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr, ending a trial that began Monday, May 3, 2010.


            Under federal statutes, Brumfield is subject to a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall D. Eggert. It was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Polk County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department and the Pleasant Hope, Mo., Police Department.


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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