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June 23, 2015

Lee’s Summit, Smithville Men Indicted for Internet Child Pornography Offenses

KANSAS CITY, MO—Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Lee’s Summit, Mo., man and a Smithville, Mo., man were indicted by a federal grand jury today, in separate and unrelated cases involving child pornography.

USA v. Moore

Ronald L. Moore, Jr., 50, of Lee’s Summit, was charged in a four-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo.

Today’s indictment alleges that Moore distributed child pornography over the Internet between June 27 and Aug. 28, 2014.

Moore is also charged with two counts of receiving child pornography over the Internet on Aug. 17, 2013, and on Sept. 15, 2012, and one count of possessing movies of child pornography on Sept. 19, 2014.

The indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require Moore to forfeit to the government any property used to commit the alleged offense, including a desktop computer and two hard drives.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Luna. It was investigated by the FBI.

USA v. Arnold

Jacob A. Arnold, 19, of Smithville, was charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo.

Today’s indictment alleges that Arnold received child pornography over the Internet on March 17, 2015. Arnold is also charged with possessing child pornography on June 4, 2015.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Luna. It was investigated by the Western Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force and the Smithville, Mo., Police Department.

Dickinson cautioned that the charges contained in these indictments 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.

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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