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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Jefferson City Man Sentenced for Child Pornography

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Jefferson City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for possessing and receiving child pornography over the Internet.

 

Ryan Michael Moberg, 37, of Jefferson City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to five years in federal prison without parole.

 

Moberg was convicted at trial on July 12, 2016. Evidence introduced during the trial indicated that Moberg utilized a peer-to-peer file-sharing program to access child pornography over the Internet. In November 2012, a Boone County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department detective identified Moberg’s computer as sharing files online. One of the video files on Moberg’s computer depicted a young girl engaged in sexual activity with a dog.

 

Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Moberg’s residence in April 2013 and seized an Acer tower computer. Moberg was not home at the time the warrant was executed; investigators went to his workplace and interviewed him. Moberg admitted to investigators that he searched for child pornography online and downloaded it to his computer.

 

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Lynn. It was investigated by the Boone County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department and the Jefferson City, 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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Project Safe Childhood
Updated November 9, 2016