Federal child pornography charges are announced against prisoner

A Kansas City, North, producer of child pornography, sentenced to 30 years in state prison more than a decade ago, now faces federal charges just ahead of a fall parole hearing.

Federal prosecutors in Kansas City announced new charges Tuesday against Paul L. Kannarr, 58, who allegedly used a minor girl to produce child pornography six times between December 1999 and September 2000.

Missouri prosecutors in both Platte and Clay counties charged Kannarr with promoting child porn in 2001, accusing him of taking sexually explicit photos of a girl over a five-year span, beginning in 1995 when the child was 8 years old.

Kannarr pleaded guilty in both cases and was sentenced in Clay County to 14 years and in Platte County to 30 years, with terms running concurrently.

The new federal charges cover conduct that was uncharged in the state cases, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office said. Kannarr also is charged with advertising and possessing child porn and transporting the material over the Internet.

He would face a minimum 10-year sentence in federal prison.

A spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Corrections said Kannarr is tentatively scheduled for a parole hearing in November, a point that irked former U.S. attorney Todd Graves, who previously served as Platte County’s elected prosecutor.

Graves said Kannarr’s case was one of several state-level child porn cases that convinced him the crime is best handled in federal court.

Graves noted that the federal system does not permit parole.

“He’s coming up for a parole hearing after serving 10 years, and that wouldn’t be the case in the federal system,” Graves said.

Kannarr’s general interest in erotica appears undiminished even after a decade behind bars.

In August 2011, Playboy published a letter from Kannarr, who then was serving time in Cameron, Mo., complaining that the prison mailroom had confiscated his February issue because of “explicit sex acts” depicted on three pages of the magazine.

An editor responded by describing three cartoons on the pages and noted, “We can’t control what wardens choose to censor.”