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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

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


DECEMBER 30, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD


FORMER LANSING POLICE OFFICER, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTING TO ENTICE A MINOR FOR SEX


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a former Lansing, Kan., police officer and school board member was charged in federal court today with attempting to entice a minor for illicit sex.


            William Brian Duncan, 40, of Leavenworth, Kan., was charged in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo. Duncan remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2010.


            Duncan was an officer with the Lansing, Kan., Police Department until November 2010. He had been a DARE officer and coordinator of the Safe Kids program and was named Officer of the Year in 2008. Duncan resigned from the Lansing School Board in November 2010.


            According to an affidavit filed in support of today’s complaint, Duncan communicated online with a person he believed to be 14 years old. In reality, Duncan was communicating with an undercover law enforcement officer. Duncan corresponded with the undercover officer on multiple occasions in December 2010; many of the conversations were sexual in nature.


            During an online chat on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, Duncan began making arrangements to meet in person. Duncan drove to the meeting location the next day. When Duncan approached the location, he was pulled over by a Kansas City, Mo., police officer and arrested.


            Phillips cautioned that the charge contained in this complaint is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge 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 Teresa Moore. It was investigated by the FBI Cyber Crimes Task Force.


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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