Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Liberal man was indicted by a federal grand jury May 8 for receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet.
Timothy Curless, 52, of Liberal, was charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield. Today’s indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Curless on April 22, 2013.
Today’s indictment alleges that Curless received and distributed child pornography over the Internet between Nov. 4, 2012, and April 19, 2013.
According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, a law enforcement officer was conducting an undercover investigation into the distribution of child pornography by suspect(s) using file-sharing software. On two separate occasions, the officer allegedly downloaded images of child pornography from Curless’s computer. Among those images, the affidavit says, were children who have not reached puberty and a child as young as three years of age. When officers executed a search warrant, the affidavit says, they learned that Curless had been using his neighbor’s wi-fi network in order to access the Internet.
The indictment contains a forfeiture count, which would require Curless to forfeit to the government a desktop computer, two laptop computers, a hard disk drive, 69 CDs, three flash drives and two floppy disks.