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Former Missouri man sentenced to 5 years for receiving child pornography

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A former Harrisonville man was sentenced in federal court on Monday to five years in prison for receiving child pornography on his computer. This sentence resulted from an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

William Alan Corkill, 33, of Surprise, Ariz., formerly of Harrisonville, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith, Western District of Missouri, to five years in federal prison without parole for receiving images of child pornography via the Internet.

Corkill pleaded guilty Jan. 8 to receiving child pornography and downloading a video depicting child pornography on March 17, 2007.

During a forensic examination of Corkill's computer hard drive, ICE agents discovered eight photographs and three videos containing child pornography, which included images of minor girls posing nude and in sexually suggestive positions.

"Sexually exploiting innocent children for entertainment is wrong and illegal," said Gary Hartwig, special agent in charge of the ICE office of Investigations in Chicago. "ICE will continue to bring justice to anyone who creates, possesses or shares child pornography. Today's sentencing is a clear demonstration of that commitment."

This case was successfully prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Hiller. It was investigated under Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders and child sex traffickers. Since Operation Predator was launched in July 2003, ICE agents have arrested more than 11,600 individuals.

ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.