Jefferson City Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Child Pornography Online
JEFFERSON CITY, MO—Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Jefferson City, Mo., man has pleaded guilty in federal court to distributing child pornography over the Internet.
Dominic J. Veit, 39, of Jefferson City, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Matt J. Whitworth on Monday, April 6, 2015.
By pleading guilty, Veit admitted that he distributed child pornography over the Internet on Jan. 14, 2011. Veit also pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography from Jan. 14 to March 3, 2011.
An FBI agent in New York identified Veit’s computer as sharing child pornography on the Internet through a peer-to-peer file-sharing network during a national investigation, Innocent Images. Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Veit’s residence on March 3, 2011, and found a computer in his bedroom that contained hundreds of images of child pornography, including images of child bestiality and movies of child pornography. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children confirmed that there were 43 known series of identifiable child pornographic images contained on Veit’s computer.
Veit must forfeit to the government a laptop computer, a computer tower, four hard drives and other computer equipment that was used to commit the offense.
This case is being prosecuted by Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Lawrence E. Miller. It was investigated by 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.”