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blue springs man charged with producing child porn

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 26, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - David M. Ketchmark, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Blue Springs, Mo., man has been charged in federal court with producing child pornography.

Christopher R. Lockhart, 29, of Blue Springs, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday, July 25, 2012. Lockhart remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Lockhart’s residence and seized numerous computers, including laptops, flash drives and other media. One of those computers contained video files and images of child pornography, including video of an adult engaged in sex with a 3-4-year-old child.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Marquez. It was investigated by the Western Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force and the Blue Springs, 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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