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prior sex offender sentenced to 20 years for possessing child porn
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for possessing child pornography.
Jonathan D. Kindrick, 25, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan to 20 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Kindrick to serve the rest of his life on supervised release following incarceration. Kindrick, who has been diagnosed as a pedophile, was a registered sex offender at the time he committed the federal offense.
On Aug. 25, 2010, Kindrick pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography. In December 2008, Kindrick began living at the Kansas City Honor Center, a halfway house, while on state probation for a child pornography conviction. Kindrick failed to return to the Honor Center on Feb. 28, 2009, after being given leave to attend to medical concerns. When Kindrick returned to the Honor Center on March 4, 2009, he was placed in lockdown then arrested for probation violations.
Honor Center staff examined Kindricks’ cell phone and found images of child pornography. Forensic investigators found eight images of child pornography on the cell phone. The court also ordered Kindrick to forfeit to the government the Motorola Net 10 black flip cell phone that was used to commit the offense.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Katharine Fincham. It was investigated by Missouri Probation and Parole, the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, and the FBI CyberCrimes Task Force.
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.