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St. robert man sentenced to 15 years for child porn

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 31, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – David M. Ketchmark, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a St. Robert, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for receiving child pornography over the Internet.

Robert Biggins, 28, of St. Robert, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr on Monday, July 30, 2012, to 15 years and eight months in federal prison without parole.

Biggins pleaded guilty on March 6, 2012. According to court documents, another person living at Biggins’ residence discovered child pornography on a computer hard drive that Biggins had given to him, and called the police. Officers executed a search warrant in May 2011 and seized two laptop computers, external hard drives and other related storage media. Investigators found 231 images of child pornography and 274 videos containing child pornography.

 This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James J. Kelleher. It was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations and the St. Robert, Mo., Police Department.

Project Safe Childhood

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc . For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

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