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california, mO man sentenced to 19 years in prison
for producing child porn

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 23, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – David M. Ketchmark, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a California, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for producing child pornography.

Timothy Lee Senkowski, Sr., 50, of California, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey to 19 years and eight months in federal prison without parole.

On Feb. 14, 2012, Senkowski pleaded guilty to producing child pornography.

According to court documents, Senkowski turned over two computers to investigators with the California, Mo., Police Department. Investigators recovered numerous images of child pornography of a 12-year-old girl, as well as the beginning framework for the construction of a Web site that was intended to feature photographs of the child victim.

Co-defendant Priscilla Ramirez Flores, 41, of Clarksburg, Mo., pleaded guilty to the same charge on April 15, 2010 and awaits sentencing. According to court documents, Flores told law enforcement officers that she was involved in taking some of the photos and had not objected to the photos being taken. Flores also told officers that she had begun the construction of the Web site.

Under federal statutes, Flores is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of 30 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Lynn. It was investigated by the State Technical Assistance Team, the Missouri Attorney General's High Technology and Computer Crime Unit, the Moniteau County, Mo., Prosecutor's Office, the California, Mo., Police Department, the Moniteau County, Mo., Sheriff's Department, and the Missouri Division of Family Services.

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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