A United States Attorney of the Western District of Missouri announced Tuesday that a Joplin man, James Hajny, 49, was indicted by a federal grand jury on 3 counts related to producing and distributing child pornography.

Press release from the Office of the United States Attorney

 

NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI

 

TAMMY DICKINSON

 

Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs (816) 426-4220 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 Kansas City, MO 64106

www.justice.gov/usao/mow/index.html

 

JUNE 10, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD

 

JOPLIN MAN INDICTED FOR PRODUCING CHILD PORN

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Joplin, Mo., 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, Mo.

 

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 Dec. 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.

 

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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