(STL.News) The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control announces the arrest of Andrew M. Kennedy, 26, of Plattsburg, Missouri, on Friday, November 15, 2019, for possession of child pornography. The arrest was the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Division of Drug and Crime Control’s Digital Forensics Investigative Unit, Western Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force, and Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. On November 15, 2019, investigators contacted Kennedy at his residence located on West Maple Street in Plattsburg. As a result of their contact, Kennedy was found to be in possession of electronic equipment containing child pornography. Investigators seized the child pornography and electronic equipment. Kennedy was arrested and transported to the Clinton County Jail. On Saturday, November 16, 2019, the Andrew County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office formally charged Kennedy with one count of possession of child pornography. Kennedy’s bond was set at $10,000.
The Division of Drug and Crime Control encourages Internet users to promptly report to the Patrol or local law enforcement anyone who attempts to engage in unwanted, inappropriate, or sexualized communications with children. The Digital Forensics Investigative Unit is partially funded by the Missouri Department of Public Safety State Cyber Crime Grant and the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
The above charge is mere accusation and is not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of this charge must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.