Missouri man pleads guilty to child pornography charges after HSI, police partner investigation

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A Joplin man pleaded guilty in federal court Jan. 24 to receiving and distributing child pornography following an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and a law enforcement partner.

Dakotah James Gilmore, 32, pleaded guilty before US Chief Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to one count of receiving and distributing child pornography.

Gilmore admitted that he viewed and distributed child pornography using the Kik social networking app on his iPhone. An officer with the Missouri CyberCrime Task Force received four cyber tips from Kik and one from Dropbox, a cloud storage service, when Gilmore uploaded images of child pornography.

On January 21, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at the Gilmore residence. Gilmore admitted to using multiple Kik accounts to view and distribute child pornography for at least two years. She told investigators that after Kik shut down their accounts for violating his terms of service, he created new accounts with disposable Gmail addresses. She also claimed that she was a member of at least 50 child pornography groups on Kik. Most of these groups require people to distribute child pornography before they are allowed to join the group.

A preliminary examination of Gilmore’s cell phone indicated that he sent text messages to another person that contained suspected child pornography. The alleged child pornography depicted pre-pubescent children, no older than five years old, being sexually abused.

Gilmore will be required to register as a sex offender upon release from prison and will be subject to federal and state sex offender registration requirements, which may apply throughout his lifetime.

Under federal statutes, Gilmore is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and can serve up to 20 years in federal prison. There is no parole in the federal system. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the court will determine the defendant’s sentence based on advisory sentencing guidelines and other legal factors. The court will schedule Gilmore’s sentencing hearing after the US Probation Office completes a pre-sentence investigation.

Assistant US Attorney Stephanie L. Wan is prosecuting this case. Homeland Security Investigations; the Barry County, Missouri, Sheriff’s Department; the Jasper County, Missouri, Sheriff’s Department; and the Southwest Missouri CyberCrime Task Force investigated.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a national 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 Obscenity and Child Exploitation Section, Project Safe Childhood brings together federal, state, and local resources to locate, arrest, and prosecute those who sexually exploit children. , and to identify and rescue victims. For more information on the Safe Childhood Project, visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about Internet safety education, visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the “resources” tab.

HSI is the primary investigative arm of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational threats and crime, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which commerce, travel and travel move. and international finance. HSI’s workforce of more than 8,700 employees consists of more than 6,000 special agents assigned to 237 US cities and 93 foreign locations in 56 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative police presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in US law enforcement.

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