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Buffalo Man Sentenced to 20 years for Child Porn

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Missouri

Project Safe Childhood


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

Emilio R. Haro, 30, of Buffalo, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to 20 years in federal prison without parole. Haro pleaded guilty on Dec. 19, 2013. The court also sentenced Haro to spend the rest of his life on supervised release following his prison term.

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 during the summer of 2012. Officers executed a search warrant at Haro’s residence and seized two laptop computers and an external hard drive, which contained hundreds of videos and images of child pornography.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James J. Kelleher. It was investigated by the Southwest Missouri Cybercrimes Task Force, the Republic, Mo., Police Department, the Nixa, Mo., Police Department and the Dallas County, Mo., Sheriff’s 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 . For more information about Internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab "resources."
Updated January 15, 2015