Cape man pleads guilty to producing child pornography

Friday, April 4, 2008

Gregory A. Kohl, 50, of Cape Girardeau pleaded guilty Thursday to one felony count of production of child porno­graphy, according to a news release from federal prosecutor Catherine L. Hanaway.

Kohl appeared Wednesday before U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber in Cape Girardeau.

Kohl faces up to 30 years' imprisonment and fines as high as $250,000.

A sentencing hearing was set for May 13.

Kohl admitted to using a Polaroid camera and film to photograph a minor female, nude, engaging in explicit sexual conduct.

The incident occurred in December 2006.

The film was manufactured in Enschede, Holland, meaning it traveled in and affected interstate and foreign commerce.

Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched by the Department of Justice in February 2006, brought the case forward.

Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local law enforcement resources to amp up investigations into child exploitation via the Internet.

The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department, the Perryville Police Department, the Network Against Sexual Violence and the FBI assisted in the investigation.

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