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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


OCTOBER 18, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD


OZARK MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO PRODUCING CHILD PORN,

FACES AT LEAST 15 YEARS IN PRISON


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that an Ozark, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to producing child pornography.


            Timothy Kemner, 34, of Ozark, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr today to the charge contained in an April 7, 2010, federal indictment.


            By pleading guilty, Kemner admitted that he used a minor, identified as Jane Doe #1, to produce child pornography between Jan. 1, 2002, and Jan. 16, 2010.


            Under federal statutes, Kemner is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of 30 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 James J. Kelleher. It was investigated by the Ozark, 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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