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Federal agents arrest child-porn suspect in Penn Valley library

Updated: 2013-03-04T23:41:33Z

By MARK MORRIS

The Kansas City Star

A Kansas City man arrested minutes after he allegedly downloaded a child porn video at a library is facing child exploitation charges in Delaware.

According to court records, an undercover Homeland Security investigator in Wilmington, Del., began corresponding with Sean D. Lawrence last month when Lawrence offered to share child pornography from his peer-to-peer network.

The investigator established that Lawrence, 39, used an Internet address that traced to the second floor of the library at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley.

Just after 2 p.m. on Feb. 14, the Delaware agent noticed Lawrence was back on the Web, using the Penn Valley Internet connection. His call to Kansas City dispatched 11 Homeland Security agents to the campus, where they spotted Lawrence in a back corner of the library, his laptop computer open in front of him.

A later analysis revealed that several minutes before agents confronted Lawrence, he had downloaded a video of a naked boy, court records alleged.

According to the records, Lawrence admitted in an interview that each day since 1999, except for time he spent in prison, he has traded hundreds of child porn images and videos using file-sharing programs and email.

Agents found more than 850 contacts in Lawrence’s private file-sharing network.

A registered sex offender, Lawrence was convicted of second-degree statutory sodomy in 2004 in St. Louis.

Lawrence faces one count in Delaware of transporting child porn. He is awaiting court action in Kansas City to transfer him to Delaware to face the charge.

To reach Mark Morris, call 816-234-4310 or send email to mmorris@kcstar.com.

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