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Independence man sentenced to 15 years for child porn

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 21, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that an Independence, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for distributing child pornography over the Internet.

Kenneth P. Luckey, 38, of Independence, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, to 15 years in federal prison without parole.

On March 11, 2011, Luckey pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing child pornography over the Internet and one count of possessing child pornography.

The government argued in support of a lengthy sentence that Luckey endangered minors both in his own neighborhood and online. Luckey’s child pornography use and distribution was initially brought to light by the complaints of an 8-year-old girl to whom he allegedly exposed himself. According to the government’s court filing, Luckey had been discussing with an apparent 16-year-old (“Amanda”) on the Internet his attraction to and attempted grooming of the 8-year-old. Luckey expressed his hopes and plans to advance his sexual interaction with the 8-year-old, but law enforcement was able to step in before Luckey stepped up his sexual interaction with her.

In his conversations with “Amanda,” the government stated, Luckey discussed such topics as the best places to try to pickup underaged girls and using his webcam to transmit images of himself masturbating for the girl. He also discussed possibly approaching other girls in the 8-year-old girl’s scout troop. Luckey had helped out with the Girl Scouts and had been talking about being a Girl Scout leader. As the content of his Internet chats with “Amanda” reinforced, the government contended, Luckey used his work with the Girl Scouts to enhance his access to under-aged girls.

In addition to the personal acting out with the 8-year-old neighborhood girl, Luckey has admitted to going into chat rooms with names such as “alone at home” and “under 15.” Luckey said that at least one 12-year-old girl had sent him a naked picture of herself.

Luckey also admitted that he distributed images of child sexual abuse to other persons on the Internet to build his collection of child pornography and to help others build theirs.

Notwithstanding the fact that these charges are based on Luckey’s use of a computer to possess and distribute images of child sexual abuse, according to court documents, Luckey, while on bond for these offenses, used a computer in violation of his bond restrictions.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Katharine Fincham. It was 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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