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seminary student indicted for attempting to receive child porn

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Warrensburg, Mo., man who attended a Roman Catholic seminary in St. Louis has been indicted by a federal grand jury for attempting to receive child pornography through the mail.

Nickolas Eugene Pinkston, 40, of Warrensburg, was charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday, July 13, 2011. Pinkston had been a seminary student at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, Mo., and was responsible for leading confirmation classes for seventh and eighth grade children at St. Ambrose Catholic Elementary School in St. Louis.

The federal indictment alleges that Pinkston attempted to receive child pornography between May 10 and Oct. 14, 2010. The indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require Pinkston to forfeit to the government any property used to commit the alleged offense, including a laptop computer and a computer hard drive.

Phillips cautioned that the charge contained in this indictment is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Teresa A. Moore. It was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Warrensburg, 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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