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
APRIL 1, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD
POLO MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO USING A CHILD
TO PRODUCE CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
FACES AT LEAST 15 YEARS IN PRISON FOR THOUSANDS
OF IMAGES, VIDEOS OF CHILD PORN
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Polo, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to using a child to produce child pornography and to receiving and possessing child pornography.
Terry R. Ingerson, 45, of Polo, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs this morning to the charges contained in a May 20, 2009, federal indictment.
The federal investigation began when agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in New Jersey learned that Ingerson had purchased a subscription to “Pedo Heaven,” a child pornography Web site that provided access to images and videos of child pornography in exchange for a monthly fee of $79.99.
Investigators seized a Dell computer and a CD-ROM from Ingerson’s home and conducted a forensic examination. The computer contained 1,574 images of child pornography and 396 videos of child pornography. The CD-ROM contained 21 images of child pornography and 25 videos of child pornography.
Among the child pornography found on Ingerson’s computer were 11 images and five movie files of child pornography that depicted a child victim, whom Ingerson covertly videotaped while she was nude and in partial states of undress.
By pleading guilty today, Ingerson also agreed to forfeit to the government the computer he used to commit the offense.
Under federal statutes, Ingerson is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison without parole, up to 30 years in federal prison, for using a child to produce child pornography. He is also subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison without parole, up to 20 years in federal prison, for receiving child pornography over the Internet. Ingerson is also subject to a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison without parole on each of the two convictions of possessing child pornography. 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 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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