William Edward Morris was indicted on federal child pornography charges, United States Attorney Catherine L. Hanaway, and Kirksville Police Chief Jim Hughes, announced Friday.

William Edward Morris was indicted on federal child pornography charges, United States Attorney Catherine L. Hanaway, and Kirksville Police Chief Jim Hughes, announced Friday.

Morris, 36, 499 East Clark, Brookfield, was indicted by a federal grand jury on one felony count of possession of child pornography. He was arrested Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. by the Brookfield Police Department and the FBI, at which time he was served with a federal warrant. He appeared in court Friday afternoon in St. Louis.

The indictment alleges that in July 2008, Morris possessed material containing images of child pornography on his computer. If convicted, Morris faces a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000.

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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Hanaway commended the work on the case by the Kirksville and Brookfield Police Departments, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and Kirksville Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Assistant United States Attorney Tiffany Becker is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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