An Independence man pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to attempting to receive child pornography over the Internet and to possessing child pornography.  Andrew Collier, 48, admitted that he used peer-to-peer file-sharing software to download child pornography over the Internet. A forensic exam of Collier’s computers/hard drives revealed multiple images and videos of child pornography, according to court documents.  The federal indictment unsealed in April of 2011 alleged that one of Collier’s computer hard drives contained more than 600 pictures and 21 movies.  Collier is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of 20 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000 and an order of restitution. A sentencing hearing will be held at a later date.

Information from the U.S. District Attorney’s Office in Kansas City (dated April 20, 2011)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Jackson County, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today in a case related to child pornography.

Andrew E. Collier, 47, of Independence, Mo., was charged in a four-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo.

Today’s indictment alleges that Collier attempted to receive child pornography over the Internet between May 17 and Nov. 4, 2009. Collier is also charged with one count of attempting to distribute child pornography over the Internet between Oct. 24 and Nov. 4, 2009, one count of receiving child pornography over the Internet on Oct. 27, 2009, and one count of possessing child pornography on Nov. 4, 2009.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Marquez and was investigated by the Independence, Mo., Police Department.