Friday, October 23, 2009


Kansas City, Mo (SafeCITY) - James Phillips Edwards, a 60-year-old Kansas City man was formally charged after he allegedly gave sedative-laced ice cream to underage girls and then filmed them in pornographic poses while they were unconscious.

An investigation was opened on Edwards after he allegedly used a file-sharing program to download several images of child pornography. Investigators traced the source of the images to a computer registered to Edwards and obtained a search warrant.

Kansas City police entered Edwards' home and seized his computer where they found images of at least eight girls who appeared to be unconscious. Some of the images were found in a file entitled “Consuming The Date Rape Drug”.

An investigation of that file revealed images and video that showed Edwards giving drinks and ice cream to the girls before they are shown apparently unconscious. Edwards appeared at several points in the video.

Police declined to say how many potential victims there were or how Edwards had gained access to them. Detectives in the case believe that all of the victims were accounted for and their current “safety has been confirmed”.

Edwards allegedly told investigators that he did not believe that he had done anything wrong. After his arrest, Edwards allegedly gave a videotaped statement to officials in which he stated that he had given Ambien to “multiple minor girls” ranging in age from 6 to 12.

Edwards was booked into jail on charges of advertising, possessing and attempting to distribute child pornography.

If convicted on all charges, Edwards could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison on the advertising child pornography charge, up to 20 years on the attempted distribution charge and up to 10 years on the possession charge.

Prosecutors also noted that a second case involving distribution and receipt of child pornography — unrelated to the investigation that led to Wednesday’s indictment — is being pursued by another, unidentified law enforcement agency.

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