Jury Convicts Kansas City Man of Producing Child Pornography
Case Part of Project Safe Childhood
|U.S. Attorney’s Office March 25, 2014|
KANSAS CITY, MO—Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Missouri man was convicted in federal court today on charges related to child pornography.
Donald T. Paris, Jr., 27, of Kansas City, was found guilty of one count of producing child pornography, one count of receiving child pornography over the Internet, one count of transporting child pornography over the Internet, and one count of possessing child pornography.
Evidence introduced during the trial indicated that Paris used a child victim, identified in the indictment as “CV,” to produce child pornography in December 2010. Paris also used his e-mail account to receive, transport, and possess separate images of child pornography in December 2010 and December 2011.
Following the presentation of evidence, the jury in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Missouri deliberated for approximately 30 minutes before returning the guilty verdicts to U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips, ending a trial that began Monday, March 24, 2014.
Under federal statutes, Paris is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of 80 years in federal prison without parole. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick D. Daly. It was investigated by the FBI; the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department; the Taney County, Missouri Sheriff’s Department; the North Richland Hills, Texas, Police Department; and the Branson, Missouri Police Department.
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.”