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December 8, 2015

Former Buffalo Teacher’s Aide Indicted for Producing Child Pornography

SPRINGFIELD, MO—Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a former Buffalo, Mo., elementary school teacher’s assistant was indicted by a federal grand jury today for producing and possessing child pornography.

Dalton Cole Sherman, 19, of Buffalo, was charged in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo. Sherman was a teacher’s assistant at the DA Mallory Elementary School in Buffalo at the time of the offense.

Today’s indictment charges Sherman with two counts of child sexual exploitation. Sherman allegedly used two minors, on two separate occasions on June 11, 2015, to produce child pornography. The minors are identified in the indictment as “Jane Doe” and “John Doe.”

Sherman is also charged with one count of possessing child pornography.

The federal indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require Sherman to forfeit to the government any property used to commit the alleged offenses, including a Samsung pen camera and a Nook tablet.

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 Ami Harshad Miller. It was investigated by the Dallas County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the State Technical Assistance Team and the FBI.

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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