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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

St. Joseph Man Sentenced for Child Porn

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a St. Joseph, Mo., man with a prior murder conviction was sentenced in federal court today on charges related to child pornography.

 

Robert W. Knorr, Jr., 47, of St. Joseph, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to eight years and one month in federal prison without parole.

 

On Feb. 4, 2016, Knorr pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing child pornography over the Internet, one count of receiving child pornography over the Internet and one count of possessing child pornography.

 

On March 11, 2014, an FBI Child Exploitation Task Force officer used peer-to-peer file-sharing software to connect to Knorr’s computer and download a 23-minute video of child pornography that depicts a pubescent female approximately 12 to 13 years of age. The officer downloaded a second video on May 19, 2014, that depicts the sexual assault of a 13-to-15-year-old female.

 

Investigators discovered evidence on Knorr’s computer of numerous Internet and peer-to-peer network searches for child pornography, including images of children as young as three years of age, and evidence showing the downloading of thousands of files. Knorr distributed and possessed videos that depict the graphic depiction of the rape and sodomy of pubescent and prepubescent girls as young as six years old by adult men and women.

 

In making a sentencing recommendation, the government referred to Knorr’s prior convictions for murder (for which he was sentenced to 15 years in prison) and accessory to murder after the fact (for which he was sentenced to three years in prison) to demonstrate the extreme danger he poses to the public.

 

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Luna. It was investigated by the FBI Cyber Crimes Task Force.

 

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."

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated August 30, 2016