SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Missouri man has been accused of paying for child pornography over the internet. Earlier today, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, Tammy Dickinson announced Paul L. Sipeer, 65, of Duenweg, Child-Pornography-FeaturedMO has been charged in federal court with allegedly paying to watch sex shows from the Philippines featuring young children online.

According to the announcement, a criminal complaint was filed Wednesday, January 27, 2016 against Sipeer in the U.S. District Court in Springfield, MO. Sipeer’s initial court appearance was today and he continues to be held in federal custody pending a detention hearing scheduled for Tuesday, February 2, 2016.

Following a 1992 conviction for first degree sexual abuse involving the physical harm of a 7-year-old child, Sipeer is a registered sex offender in the state of Missouri.

An affidavit was filed in support of the federal criminal complaint, stating that Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents discovered Sipeer had been conducting money transfers to individuals in the Philippines. Sipeer had transferred between $10 and $20 several times a month over the summer of 2015.

The affidavit, upon further investigation by HSI, states that Sipeer had been transferring money to numerous individuals in the Philippines, in amounts reaching up to $480, since January of 2013.

Administered through Western Union and MoneyGram, these types of money transfers, typically ranging between $5 and $100, are sent to residents in the Philippines in exchange for young children performing sexual acts on a webcam for the sender. Senders often transfer additional payments for continued and/or repeated performances.

According to the affidavit, law enforcement officers contacted Sipeer at his home Tuesday, January 26, 2016. Sipeer told officers he has sent a total of $1,200 to the Philippines for “sex shows”. Sipeer then consented to a search of his residence and, upon viewing of Sipeer’s home computer, officers found images of child pornography.

Dickinson has cautioned that the charge stated in the complaint is only an accusation and not evidence of guilt. Any evidence to support the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, who will then determine Sipeer’s guilt or innocence.

This case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James J. Kelleher.