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anderson man sentenced to 17 years for child porn

April 30, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - David M. Ketchmark, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that an Anderson, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for receiving child pornography over the Internet.

Jason Farris, 31, of Anderson, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith to 17 years and six months in federal prison without parole.

On Dec. 19, 2011, Farris pleaded guilty to receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet. Farris used a peer-to-peer file sharing program to receive and share child pornography.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James J. Kelleher. It was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force.

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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  For more information about Internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab "resources."

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