KC Man Indicted for Child Pornography, Arrested After Stand-off with Police
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City, Mo., man who was arrested yesterday after an hours-long standoff with police officers was indicted by a federal grand jury for attempted distribution and possession of child pornography.
Eric C. Hacker, 36, was charged in a 10-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo., on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. That indictment was unsealed and made public following his arrest.
The federal indictment alleges that Hacker attempted to distribute child pornography over the internet on eight separate occasions between March 27, 2017, and June 2, 2017. The indictment also charged Hacker with one count of receiving child pornography over the internet and one count of possessing child pornography.
Hacker was arrested on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, after he fled from police officers and barricaded himself for several hours inside of a storage container he had been using as a residence.
The charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Catherine A. Connelly. It was investigated by the FBI and the Kansas 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."