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October 8, 2009

Joplin man to serve nearly 13 years on child porn charge

A Joplin man has been sentenced in federal court for receiving child pornography over the Internet.

Sira Noithip, 37, a citizen of Thailand who is residing in Joplin, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard Dorr this week to 12 years and seven months in federal prison without parole.

The announcement was made today by Matt J. Whitworth, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

On June 12, 2009, Noithip pleaded guilty to receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet between Jan. 1, 2008, and Jan. 29, 2009. He also pleaded guilty to being in possession of child pornography. Noithip used Lime Wire file-sharing software to download child pornography to his computer and to make those files available to share with other computer users.

This case was investigated by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The case was 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.

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