An Independence man has pleaded guilty in federal court to child pornography charges.


John H. O’Leary, 64, pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography over the Internet. He was indicted on Nov. 19 last year.


O’Leary admitted that he offered to pay neighborhood children $40 to pose without their shirts on and to model thong underwear. The children also stated that they had seen child pornography in his living room, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


Armed with a search warrant, Independence police officers searched  O’Leary’s residence and seized two computers, electronic storage media, tapes, a camera, photos of  child pornography, cartoons depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, a bag with women’s lingerie, and a toy doll with drawn-in nipples and pubic hair.


Appearing before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs, O’Leary admitted that he began looking at child pornography about a year earlier. He told law enforcement officers that he surfed the Internet and visited approximately 20 child pornography websites and printed approximately 30 pages of child pornography with multiple images per page.


Under federal statutes, O’Leary is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison without parole, up to 20 years in federal prison without parole, and a fine up to $250,000. A sentencing hearing will be held later.


The prosecutor was Assistant U.S. Attorney Teresa Moore. It was investigated by the Independence Police Department.



-- Information from the U.S. Attorney's Office