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greenwood man sentenced for child porn

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 6, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – David M. Ketchmark, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Greenwood, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for receiving child pornography over the Internet.

Andrew M. Jones, 29, of Greenwood, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to six years and three months in federal prison without parole.

On Feb. 27, 2012, Jones pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography over the Internet. Greenwood police officers, following an anonymous tip, contacted Jones at his residence. They received consent to search his laptop, and transported him to the police station for questioning.

Jones admitted that he had been looking at child pornography since his mid-teens. Jones also admitted that he browsed Web sites to find child pornography and used a peer-to-peer file-sharing program to download child pornography from the Internet.

Investigators found more than 800 images and 30 videos of the sexual abuse of children – including toddlers and prepubescent children – on a laptop and another computer at Jones’s residence. Those images included toddlers being penetrated with foreign objects, or adult males attempting to sexually penetrate them. Other images are of prepubescent children in bondage or other painful scenarios.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Katharine Fincham. It was investigated by the Greenwood, 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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