Friday, November 12, 2010

Pastor indicted
Duenweg pastor faces additional child porn count in federal court.
Carthage Press
Posted Nov 10, 2010 @ 01:24 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Duenweg, pastor was indicted by a federal grand jury yesterday for receiving and possessing child pornography.

Michael Alan Crippen, 51, of Duenweg, was charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo. Today’s indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Crippen on Oct. 26.

Crippen, the pastor at First Baptist Church in Duenweg, was originally charged with receiving child pornography. Today’s indictment contains an additional charge of possessing child pornography.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Crippen was identified during an investigation by the Dutch National Police into a Web site in The Netherlands that contained child pornography.

Europol provided information to federal agents in the United States, who identified Crippen’s computer as one that downloaded child pornography in August 2009.

Law enforcement officers contacted Crippen at his residence on Oct. 13, and seized his laptop and desktop computers. At least 100 images of child pornography were found on the computers, the affidavit says, including children under 10 years of age.

Phillips 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 Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael S. Oliver. It was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force.

Project Safe Childhood
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.

Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

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