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Date: 05-20-2019

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United States of America v. Harrison Elliot Combs

Case Number: 4:17-cr-00062-RK

Judge: Roseann Ketchmark

Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri (Jackson County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Catherine A. Connelly

Defendant's Attorney: John Jenab

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Kansas City, MO - Independence Sex Offender Sentenced to 15 Years for Child Pornography

A registered sex offender in Independence, Mo., has been sentenced in federal court for possessing and exchanging child pornography over the internet.

Harrison Elliot Combs, 28, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark on May 15, to 15 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Combs to 20 years of supervised release following incarceration.

Combs, a registered sex offender, has a prior conviction for possessing child pornography.

On Aug. 10, 2018, Combs pleaded guilty to one count of receiving child pornography over the internet, eight counts of attempting to distribute child pornography over the internet, and one count of possessing child pornography.

This investigation began when a law enforcement officer was conducting an investigation into a peer-to-peer file-sharing network. On three separate occasions, Combsís computer was downloading child pornography from the network. On Sept. 23, 2016, officers executed a search warrant at Combsís residence and seized his cell phone and other items. Examiners discovered approximately 1,631 images and 168 videos of child pornography on those items. The majority of the images appeared to be of infant- to toddler-aged females involved in sexually explicit conduct by adults. In addition to his cell phone, child pornography files were also associated with computers, a gaming system, a thumb drive, and optical discs belonging to Combs.

In January 2017, Combsís computer was again identified by law enforcement as downloading child pornography from a peer-to-peer file-sharing network on several occasions. There were approximately 1,962 image and video files downloaded between Jan. 7 and Jan. 16, 2017. The files included prepubescent males and females as young as toddlers involved in sexually explicit conduct by adults. Officers executed a search warrant at Combsís residence, where they arrested Combs and seized his cell phone.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Catherine A. Connelly. It was investigated by the FBI and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.

Project Safe Childhood
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide 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 Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc . For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

Outcome: 05/15/2019 46 Minute Entry for proceedings held before District Judge Roseann Ketchmark: SENTENCING held on 5/15/2019 for Harrison Elliot Combs (1). Time in court: 1:32 p.m. to 2:32 p.m. Defendant remanded to the custodyof the U.S. Marshal. To order a transcript of this hearing please contact Jean Crawford, 816-512-5642, jean_crawford@mow.uscourts.gov. (Wheeler, LaTandra) (Entered: 05/15/2019)
05/15/2019 47 JUDGMENT and COMMITMENT as to Harrison Elliot Combs (1), THE DEFENDANT pleaded guilty to Count(s) 1 thru 10 of the Indictment on 08/10/2018 before the Honorable Roseann A. Ketchmark. IMPRISONMENT: The defendant is hereby committed to the custody of the United States Bureau of Prisons to be imprisoned for a total term of 180 months on Count(s) 1 thru 10 of the Indictment, to be served concurrently. The court recommends to the Bureau of Prisons that the defendant be screened for placement at the FCI Seagoville, TX facility. SUPERVISED RELEASE: Upon release from imprisonment, the defendant shall be on supervised release for a term of twenty (20) years on each of Count(s)1 thru 10, to be served concurrently. MANDATORY, STANDARD, and SPECIAL CONDITIONS of supervised release imposed. CRIMINAL MONETARY PENALTIES: $1,000 MSA, no fine, $20,000 restitution. Signed on 5/15/2019 by District Judge Roseann Ketchmark.(Crocker, Susan) (Entered: 05/15/2019)


ACTIVITIES RE MATERIAL CONSTITUTING/CONTAINING CHILD PORNO
(1) THE DEFENDANT pleaded guilty to Count(s) 1 thru 10 of the Indictment on 08/10/2018 before the Honorable Roseann A. Ketchmark. IMPRISONMENT: The defendant is hereby committed to the custody of the United States Bureau of Prisons to be imprisoned for a total term of 180 months on Count(s) 1 thru 10 of the Indictment, to be served concurrently. The court recommends to the Bureau of Prisons that the defendant be screened for placement at the FCI Seagoville, TX facility. SUPERVISED RELEASE: Upon release from imprisonment, the defendant shall be on supervised release for a term of twenty (20) years on each of Count(s)1 thru 10, to be served concurrently. MANDATORY, STANDARD, and SPECIAL CONDITIONS of supervised release imposed. CRIMINAL MONETARY PENALTIES: $1,000 MSA, no fine, $20,000 restitution.
ATTEMPTED DISTRIBUTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY OVER THE INTERNET
(2-4) THE DEFENDANT pleaded guilty to Count(s) 1 thru 10 of the Indictment on 08/10/2018 before the Honorable Roseann A. Ketchmark. IMPRISONMENT: The defendant is hereby committed to the custody of the United States Bureau of Prisons to be imprisoned for a total term of 180 months on Count(s) 1 thru 10 of the Indictment, to be served concurrently. The court recommends to the Bureau of Prisons that the defendant be screened for placement at the FCI Seagoville, TX facility. SUPERVISED RELEASE: Upon release from imprisonment, the defendant shall be on supervised release for a term of twenty (20) years on each of Count(s)1 thru 10, to be served concurrently. MANDATORY, STANDARD, and SPECIAL CONDITIONS of supervised release imposed. CRIMINAL MONETARY PENALTIES: $1,000 MSA, no fine, $20,000 restitution.
POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
(5) THE DEFENDANT pleaded guilty to Count(s) 1 thru 10 of the Indictment on 08/10/2018 before the Honorable Roseann A. Ketchmark. IMPRISONMENT: The defendant is hereby committed to the custody of the United States Bureau of Prisons to be imprisoned for a total term of 180 months on Count(s) 1 thru 10 of the Indictment, to be served concurrently. The court recommends to the Bureau of Prisons that the defendant be screened for placement at the FCI Seagoville, TX facility. SUPERVISED RELEASE: Upon release from imprisonment, the defendant shall be on supervised release for a term of twenty (20) years on each of Count(s)1 thru 10, to be served concurrently. MANDATORY, STANDARD, and SPECIAL CONDITIONS of supervised release imposed. CRIMINAL MONETARY PENALTIES: $1,000 MSA, no fine, $20,000 restitution.
ATTEMPTED DISTRIBUTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY OVER THE INTERNET
(6-10) THE DEFENDANT pleaded guilty to Count(s) 1 thru 10 of the Indictment on 08/10/2018 before the Honorable Roseann A. Ketchmark. IMPRISONMENT: The defendant is hereby committed to the custody of the United States Bureau of Prisons to be imprisoned for a total term of 180 months on Count(s) 1 thru 10 of the Indictment, to be served concurrently. The court recommends to the Bureau of Prisons that the defendant be screened for placement at the FCI Seagoville, TX facility. SUPERVISED RELEASE: Upon release from imprisonment, the defendant shall be on supervised release for a term of twenty (20) years on each of Count(s)1 thru 10, to be served concurrently. MANDATORY, STANDARD, and SPECIAL CONDITIONS of supervised release imposed. CRIMINAL MONETARY PENALTIES: $1,000 MSA, no fine, $20,000 restitution.

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