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independence man pleads guilty to child porn

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 5, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – David M. Ketchmark, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that an Independence, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to attempting to receive child pornography over the Internet and to possessing child pornography.

Andrew E. Collier, 48, of Independence, Mo., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to the charges contained in an April 20, 2011, federal indictment.

Collier admitted that he used peer-to-peer file-sharing software to download child pornography over the Internet. A forensic exam of Collier’s computers/hard drives revealed multiple images and videos of child pornography. One of Collier’s computer hard drives contained well in excess of 600 pictures and 21 movies; almost all of the pictures and movies were of some form of child pornography, such as images depicting prepubescent children, bondage, and of penetration of the children under the age of 12. There are movies of bondage, penetration, and oral sex between prepubescents and adults.

Under federal statutes, Collier is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of 20 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000 and an order of restitution. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Marquez. 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 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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