The U.S. Attorney’s Office said a 36-year-old Lee’s Summit man pleaded guilty in federal court on Friday to one count of distributing child pornography over the internet.
In a press release, Tom Larson, acting United States attorney for the Western District of Missouri, identified the defendant as Clark H. Henshaw. Henshaw pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips to the charge contained in an Oct. 14, 2015 federal indictment.
The investigation began in July 2013 when federal agents contacted a man in Bangor, Maine, who was trading child pornography on a photo-sharing website. Henshaw was identified as one of his primary trading partners to whom he sent images and videos of his sexual abuse of two 6-to-7-year-old boys. Each of those trading partners, the defendant told federal agents, also claimed to have manufactured the child pornography they were sending to him.
Henshaw received 34 images of child pornography from his trading partner in Maine, including several images of him sexually molesting two prepubescent boys. Investigators learned that Henshaw sent two e-mail messages to other individuals on Aug. 20, 2013 that contained some of those images of child pornography.
On Feb. 13, 2014, federal agents executed a search warrant at Henshaw’s residence. Henshaw and his mother were home during the execution of the search warrant, however, agents had to force entry because no one would answer the door. Authorities seized Henshaw’s cell phone, which contained 10 child pornography movie file downloads.
Under federal statutes, Henshaw is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of 20 years in federal prison without parole. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a pre-sentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Teresa Moore. It was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood.