Thanks to a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child exploitation and abuse, a Barry County man now faces federal charges related to child pornography as well as possession of counterfeit $100 bills.
According to Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, Timothy C. Stringer, 33, of Golden, was charged in a five-count indictment handed down by a federal grand jury last Thursday.
Court records allege that Stringer used a minor to produce child pornography using two cell phones and a digital camera between March 21 and June 14. Stringer is also accused of using two minors to produce child pornography on June 14.
In addition, Stringer has been charged with possession of child pornography, transferring obscene matter to a minor under the age of 16 and possessing nine counterfeit $100 bills.
Under the federal indictment, Stringer would also be required to forfeit to the government any property he used to commit the alleged offenses. This equipment includes cell phones, a digital camera, a laptop and four computer hard drives.
The case against Stringer was investigated as part of Project Safe Childhood, which was launched by the Department of Justice in May 2006 to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse. The effort brings together the federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet. Project Safe Childhood also works to identify and rescue victims of the exploitation.
The case against Stringer was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service Administration, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Cassville Police Department.
Stringer is also the man who escaped from the Barry County Jail back in June and was captured seven hours later at a home near the Cassville Airport. He was facing charges of possession of a controlled substance, child pornography and statutory rape at the time of his escape.