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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Four Men Indicted for Child Porn

Project Safe Childhood

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that four southern Missouri men were indicted by a federal grand jury today in separate and unrelated cases for downloading and distributing child pornography over the Internet.

James Hayden McClelland, 20, of Billings, Mo., was charged with one count of receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet between July 27, 2011, and Aug. 16, 2012.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James J. Kelleher. It was investigated by the Springfield, Mo., Police Department, the FBI and the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force.

Adam Headley, 34, of Springfield, was charged with one count of receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet between Jan. 1, 2012, and Feb. 13, 2013.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James J. Kelleher. It was investigated by the FBI and the Kirksville, Mo., Police Department.

Luis Eduardo Martinez, 22, of Carthage, Mo., was charged with one count of receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet between May 16, 2012, and Dec. 19, 2012.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Carney. It was investigated by the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force, the Cassville, Mo., Police Department and the Nixa, Mo., Police Department.

Ricardo Vargas-Villalobos, 24, of Carthage, Mo., was charged with one count of receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet between May 16, 2012, and Dec. 19, 2012.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Carney. It was investigated by the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force, the Cassville, Mo., Police Department and the Nixa, Mo., Police Department.

Dickinson cautioned that the charges contained in these indictments 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.

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 16, 2015