Joplin man charged with producing and distributing child pornography

NEWS RELEASE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

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.

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