SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Lebanon, Mo., man who is a registered sex offender was indicted by a federal grand jury for receiving child pornography over the Internet.
Wayne Harlan Files, 76, of Lebanon, was charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield on Tuesday, July 23, 2013.
The federal indictment alleges that Files received child pornography over the Internet between Nov. 1, 2011, and Feb. 1, 2012. Files is a registered sex offender due to a 1993 conviction for forcible sodomy. Under federal statutes, a conviction would therefore result in a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison without parole, up to 40 years in federal prison without parole.
Dickinson cautioned that the charge contained in this indictment 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 James J. Kelleher. It was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Lebanon, Mo., Police Department.
Project Safe ChildhoodThis 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."