KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced a corporate vice president was indicted by a federal grand jury today on charges related to child sexual exploitation and child pornography as the result of an undercover operation in which he believed he was meeting two minor girls for sex.
Daniel C. Irwin, 37, of Kansas City, Mo., was charged in an eight-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City. Irwin is an assistant vice president of accounting at State Street in Kansas City. Today’s indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Irwin on Aug. 8, 2014.
Today’s indictment alleges that Irwin attempted to entice a minor over the Internet to engage in illicit sexual activity between Jan. 14 and Aug. 8, 2014.
Irwin is also charged with four counts of distributing child pornography over the Internet, one count of receiving child pornography over the Internet, one count of using the mail to attempt to transfer obscene matter to a minor under the age of 16 and one count of possessing child pornography on his cell phone.
According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, a Kansas City, Mo., Police Department detective created an undercover profile on a public Web site that allows users to upload pictures, videos and stories of a sexual nature.
Irwin, who had earlier established a profile on this same Web site, sent a message to the undercover profile on Jan. 14, 2014, the affidavit says. Irwin allegedly sent an e-mail to the undercover profile that included pornographic images and a message that read in part, “Sure would enjoy helping u out with the girls!” Over the next two days, the affidavit says, there were numerous e-mail communications between Irwin and the undercover detective in which Irwin expressed an interest in meeting. The undercover detective informed Irwin that his daughters were 16 and 12 years of age and that he had been sexually active with them. Over the course of the next month, the affidavit says, Irwin periodically sent e-mails asking about the sexual activity of the undercover detective’s daughters.
According to the affidavit, the undercover detective received numerous e-mails during the weekend of Feb. 19 and 20, 2014, in which Irwin detailed the various sex acts he wanted to perform on the daughters. On Feb. 21, 2014, Irwin allegedly sent an e-mail asking to meet at Side Pockets in Kansas City, North. The undercover detective agreed, and they met in the parking lot on Feb. 21, 2014, then walked into the restaurant and sat down at a table together.
Irwin allegedly told stories of meeting random women from the Internet for sex and wanted to hear stories about the undercover detective’s sexual experiences with his daughters. Irwin explained that he would be interested in meeting the daughters and eventually having sex with them, the affidavit says. Irwin allegedly told the undercover detective about various illicit sex acts that he had engaged in, including an incident in which Irwin met a man in the Kansas City area that allowed him to watch while the man had sex with a miniature horse.
Irwin continued to send e-mail messages over the next two months, the affidavit says. These infrequent communications stopped on April 10, 2014, according to the affidavit, until Irwin sent another e-mail more than two months later on July 17, 2014. Irwin allegedly sent the undercover detective numerous photos and videos of child pornography. Irwin allegedly offered to trade additional child pornography for being allowed to engage in illicit sexual activities with the daughters.
Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Irwin’s residence on Aug. 8, 2014, and Irwin was arrested.
Dickinson cautioned that 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 Patrick D. Daly. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the FBI.
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."