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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Raytown Man Indicted for Child Porn

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Raytown, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for possessing and distributing child pornography over the Internet.

 

James Anthony Bee, 48, of Raytown, was charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo. Today’s indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Bee on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016.

 

Today’s indictment alleges that Bee distributed child pornography over the Internet on Oct. 31, 2015. The indictment also charges Bee with possessing child pornography on Aug. 5, 2015.

 

According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, a search warrant was executed at Bee’s residence on Aug. 3, 2015, in response to evidence that Bee was part of a large network of individuals accessing, distributing, receiving and possessing child pornography. Law enforcement officers seized numerous computers, computer hard drives and computer peripherals from Bee’s residence.

 

Due to the volume of items seized from Bee’s residence, the affidavit says, these computers and computer peripherals are still being analyzed by the FBI’s Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory. Preliminary examination results have identified in excess of 1,000 videos and image files of child pornography, including 437 video files and 722 image files.

 

In November 2015, the affidavit says, law enforcement officers learned that Bee was continuing to access, receive, and distribute child pornography over the Internet with a number of new computer and computing devices he obtained after the search warrant was executed. A detective with the Independence, Mo., Police Department had identified Bee’s new computer as requesting video files of child pornography via a peer-to-peer file-sharing network. Another search warrant was executed at Bee’s residence on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016.

 

When officers entered Bee’s residence, according to the affidavit, he was immediately combative and refused to respond to any commands issued by the FBI or the Raytown, Mo., police officers. Bee was advised that he would be placed under arrest, and he continued to resist the FBI and police officers. Bee continued to pull his arms away from the officers, the affidavit says, attempted to kick these officers, and screamed and threatened physical harm to the officers. Bee kicked a police officer as he attempted to gain control over Bee and place him under arrest. According to the affidavit, Bee was transported to the Raytown Police Department’s detention facility, and, while there, continued his resistance to officers’ commands and damaged the cell where he was being kept.

 

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, the FBI, the Independence, Mo., Police Department and the Raytown, Mo., Police Department.

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Updated January 12, 2016