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Four men indicted on child porn charges

May 24, 2008

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A federal grand jury in Kansas City, Kan., on Thursday returned indictments against four Kansas men - including one from Lawrence - accused of possessing child pornography.

The four cases were not related except that the U.S. Department of Justice is targeting producers and consumers of child pornography for prosecution, said U.S. Attorney Eric Melgren. Project Safe Childhood aims to coordinate federal, state and local resources to protect children from sexual predators.

"Children whose photographs are being distributed over the Internet are the victims of sexual abuse," Melgren said. "Trading in images of the sexual abuse of children is a crime, not a private matter."

In 2007, federal prosecutors in Kansas filed about three cases a month under Project Safe Childhood (a total of 38 cases for the year). In the first quarter of 2008, they filed 12 cases.

A 22-year-old Lawrence man is charged with one count of receiving child pornography via the Internet and one count of possession of child pornography. According to the complaint, he paid $79.99 for a membership allowing him access to child pornography. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Dec. 18, 2006, and Aug. 17, 2007, in Lawrence. If convicted, he faces between five and 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of receiving child pornography; and up to 10 years and a $250,000 fine on the possession charge.

Three other men - a 44-year-old from Leavenworth, a 36-year-old from Atchison, and a 29-year-old from Gardner - face similar charges.

The Journal-World does not typically name sex crime suspects unless there is a conviction.

Jim Cross of the U.S. attorney's office, said federal authorities have stepped up prosecution of companies that process payments made for pornography.

Comments

yourworstnightmare 7 years, 2 months ago

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Reuben Turner 7 years, 2 months ago

I HOPE THEY GET JUST WHAT THEY GET. THERE ARE TO MANY GROWN FOLKS LOOKING FOR SOMEBODY. YOU GOT ESCORT SERVICES AND ONLINE DATING AND OTHER MEANS TO GET SOMEONE OF AGE AND SOME STILL WANT CHILDREN; SICK-SICK-SICK.

ltownwhitegirl 7 years, 2 months ago

what is this would coming to! i totally agree cletus26.. why would they think they have to pray on innocent little children! sick individuals! some one get them some damn help! like an electic chair...

fu7il3 7 years, 2 months ago

I don't know what the Kyoto Protocol has to do with child pornography...

Flap Doodle 7 years, 2 months ago

"but then we also reside in the country U.S.A. that is the main obstacle to signing the international cluster bomb ban, the Kyoto Protocol, etc."We haven't signed the cluster bomb ban. How have we been an obstacle to any other country signing?

Danielle Brunin 7 years, 2 months ago

I think the point that Cool was making is that we prosecute child pornography (as we should) to protect children. Yet, we have failed to sign on to the cluster bomb treaty, much of which is aimed toward protecting children. Cluster bombs often do not detonate in their entirety and children find them, play with them not realizing what they are, and are killed or maimed. If we are going to fight against the victimization of children, it needs to be across the board, not picking and choosing when it suits our political interests. It is also worth pointing out that Somalia and the U.S. are the only countries who haven't ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child.http://www.unicef.org/emerg/index_35418.htmlhttp://www.unicef.org/crc/index_30229.htmlI'm sorry, but it is very hypocritical.

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