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two jackson county men indicted for child porn

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that two Jackson County, Mo., men were indicted by a federal grand jury today in separate and unrelated cases related to child pornography.

Andrew E. Collier, 47, of Independence, Mo., was charged in a four-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo.

Today’s indictment alleges that Collier attempted to receive child pornography over the Internet between May 17 and Nov. 4, 2009. Collier is also charged with one count of attempting to distribute child pornography over the Internet between Oct. 24 and Nov. 4, 2009, one count of receiving child pornography over the Internet on Oct. 27, 2009, and one count of possessing child pornography on Nov. 4, 2009.

David R. Brown, 54, of Raytown, Mo., was charged in a four-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo.

Today’s indictment alleges that Brown attempted to distribute child pornography over the Internet on Nov. 22, 2009. Brown is also charged with one count of attempting to receive child pornography over the Internet on Dec. 9, 2009, one count of receiving child pornography over the Internet on Nov. 14, 2009, and one count of possessing child pornography on Dec. 15, 2009.

Phillips cautioned that the charges contained in these indictments are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Marquez. They were investigated by the Independence, 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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