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buffalo man pleads guilty to child porn

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 19, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Buffalo, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to receiving and distributing child pornography over the Intenet.

Emilio R. Haro, 30, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to the charge contained in an Oct. 3, 2013, federal indictment.

Law enforcement officers from two separate agencies independently identified Haro’s computer during their investigations into the sharing of child pornography over peer-to-peer file-sharing networks.

Under federal statutes, Haro 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. 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 James J. Kelleher. It was investigated by the Southwest Missouri Cybercrimes Task Force, the Republic, Mo., Police Department and Nixa, 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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