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Ozark man sentenced to 30 years for producing child porn

February 10, 2011

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

Timothy Kemner, 35, of Ozark, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr to 30 years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Kemner to spend the rest of his life on supervised release following his prison term.

On Oct. 18, 2010, Kemner pleaded guilty to using a minor, identified as Jane Doe #1, to produce child pornography between Jan. 1, 2002, and Jan. 16, 2010.

This case was 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

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