Thursday, September 6, 2012

Grand Jury indicts KCK man on interstate travel for sex with a child

U.S. Department of Justice

Robert Poe III, 38, Kansas City, Kan., is charged with three counts of traveling from Kansas to Missouri for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts with a minor.

The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 1999 and 2000.     

Poe initially was charged in a criminal complaint filed last month in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan. He faces the same charges in this month’s indictment.

Poe was the subject of a national news release Aug. 30 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

The release said Poe is the latest defendant to be charged as a result of an ICE investigation of an international child pornography ring.

Investigators say Poe was communicating on the Internet with other defendants including Michael Arnett, 38, of Roeland Park, Kan.

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is asking anyone with information about children victimized by Poe or Arnett to call 816-802-8524 to report it.

If convicted, Poe faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.

Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Martin is prosecuting.

Poe is innocent until proven guilty.