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

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Texas man Charged with Traveling to Missouri for Illicit Sex with Children

Project Safe Childhood

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Texas man has been charged in federal court with traveling to Missouri to engage in illicit sex with two minor sisters whose “father” (an undercover officer) he met online.

John Paul Christian, 40, of Texas, was charged in a criminal complaint that was filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the federal criminal complaint, a Kansas City Police Department detective created an undercover profile on an online social media site. Christian contacted him on Feb. 19, 2014, the affidavit says, and he told Christian that he had two daughters (11 and 15 years old) with whom Christian could have sex for $400. Christian allegedly replied that he would pay to have sex with both of them.

Christian sent a text message to the undercover officer, the affidavit says, informing him that he had purchased an 18-karat gold “Hello Kitty” necklace and earrings and an iPod as gifts for the girls. On Feb. 26, 2014, Christian allegedly sent a text message with details about the sexual acts he wanted to perform on the 11-year-old daughter. Christian allegedly asked about the 15-year-old daughter joining in as well, for a total of “$400 for both girls.”

On Feb. 28, 2014, Christian allegedly wired $200 to the undercover detective, which was half of the amount he was going to pay to have sex with the two sisters.

According to the affidavit, Christian said he was going to drive to Kansas City on Saturday, March 1, 2014, and texted updates of his travel during the day. (Law enforcement officers later found evidence in his hotel room that he had flown from Texas to Kansas City.)

At about 4:34 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2014, Christian sent a text message saying he had arrived in Kansas City and was at the airport, the affidavit says. The undercover detective provided an address and arranged for them to meet at a nearby apartment complex. Christian arrived in a taxi at about 8:10 p.m. and was arrested as he got out of the taxi.

When he was taken into custody, Christian was in possession of two bags. One of the bags contained a “Hello Kitty” backpack doll, two “Hello Kitty” underwear outfits for young girls, two pairs of young girls’ panties, two cans of Red Bull, rope necklaces, Q-Tips and a teal iPod Nano with headphones. The other bag contained an Acer Chromebook laptop computer with power cables, a Samsung flip phone, and a bottle of Astroglide lubricant.

When officers searched Christian’s hotel room, they found a notebook with what appears to be a letter written to the 15-year-old daughter. According to the affidavit, the letter details the various sex acts that Christian was going to be engaged in with the sisters. Christian allegedly wrote that he wanted to get the 15-year-old girl pregnant so that they could have a “little baby girl together” that they in turn would sexually molest.

Dickinson cautioned that the charge contained in this complaint is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge 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 Patrick D. Daly. It was investigated by 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."

Updated January 15, 2015