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June 11, 2014

Joplin Man Indicted for Producing Child Pornography

SPRINGFIELD, MO—Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Joplin, Missouri man was indicted by a federal grand jury today on charges related to producing and distributing child pornography.

James Hajny, 49, of Joplin, was charged in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Missouri.

Today’s indictment alleges that Hajny used a minor victim, identified as “Jane Doe #1,” to produce child pornography in May 2014. Hajny is also charged with distributing pornographic images of Jane Doe #1 over the Internet between December 12, 2013 and May 12, 2014. The indictment also charges Hajny with possessing child pornography on May 19, 2014.

The indictment contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require Hajny to forfeit to the government any property used to commit the alleged offenses, including a laptop computer, two tablet computers two cell phones, an iPod, and a digital camera.

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 Patrick Carney. It was investigated by the FBI and the Joplin, Mo., 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.”

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