You are here

Justice News

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Republic Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Producing Child Porn

Project Safe Childhood

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Republic, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for producing child pornography.

 

Benjamin Michael Hopper, 23, of Republic, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 15 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Hopper to 10 years of supervised release following incarceration.

 

On Aug. 27, 2015, Hopper pleaded guilty to using a child, identified as “Jane Doe #1,” to produce child pornography between Jan. 21 and 25, 2015.

 

According to court documents, Hopper met the 14-year-old victim in an on-line chat room. She later snuck out of her home and was picked up by Hopper, who kept her at his home for several days, during which time he engaged in various sexual acts with the minor. These acts were recorded on Hopper’s iPad.

 

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James J. Kelleher. It was investigated by the FBI and the Republic, Mo., Police 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 www.usdoj.gov/psc . For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

Topic: 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated March 2, 2016