(From the U. S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri)
A prior sex offender in Liberal, Mo., was sentenced in federal court today for receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet.
Timothy Curless, 55, of Liberal, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips to 20 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Curless to a lifetime of supervised release following incarceration. Curless has prior state convictions in Kansas for aggravated indecent liberties with a child and aggravated incest.
On Sept. 30, 2015, Curless pleaded guilty to receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet between Nov. 4, 2012 and April 19, 2013.
According to court documents, a law enforcement officer was conducting an undercover investigation into the distribution of child pornography by suspect(s) using file-sharing software. On two separate occasions the officer downloaded images of child pornography from Curless’s computer. Among those images were children who have not reached puberty and a child as young as three years of age. When officers executed a search warrant they learned that Curless had been using his neighbor’s wi-fi network in order to access the Internet.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James J. Kelleher. It was investigated by the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crime Task Force.