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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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SEPTEMBER 2, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD


POLO MAN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON

FOR CHILD PORN


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Polo, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for using a child to produce child pornography and for receiving and possessing child pornography.


            Terry R. Ingerson, 45, of Polo, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to 15 years in federal prison without parole.


            On April 1, 2010, Ingerson pleaded guilty to one count of using a child to produce child pornography, one count of receiving child pornography over the Internet and two counts of possessing child pornography.


            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.


            This case was 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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