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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Burow jury trial on docket for Jan. 23

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  • A jury trial has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, for Ian Francis Burow of Columbia, formerly of Hannibal. The trial is set for the Division III Courtroom in Columbia before Judge Kevin M.J. Crane.
    Burow is charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, a Class B felony; promoting a sexual performance by a child, a Class C felony; and attempting to promote a sexual performance by a child, a Class D felony.
    Burow is being held in federal custody.
    Burow is represented by Christopher A. Slusher of Columbia.
    Burow, a former Boy Scout standout, was arrested in March 2012 by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department Cyber Crimes Task Force on charges related to internet sex crimes.
    Boone County Sheriff’s Department reports it received a complaint from the Boy Scouts of America in November 2011, regarding inappropriate Internet conversations through Facebook and minors who were Boy Scouts. Information received from the organization indicated a Facebook account identified as “Sarah McGee,” from Columbia, Mo., was soliciting minors to take nude photographs of themselves and send those photographs to her through the Internet. Scout officials believed this account to be fake and that the actual person making the contact was a male summer camp Boy Scout leader.
    The Courier-Post previously reported that the Cyber Crimes Task Force conducted the investigation including obtaining several court-ordered search warrants.
    Initially the Cyber Crimes Task Force obtained a court ordered search warrant for the Facebook account which included chat conversations. Examination of these chats revealed conversations between the user of this account and numerous underage boys between the ages of 14 and 17. In these conversations the purported female solicited victims from Boone, Audrain, Cooper, Callaway, Cole, Howard and Randolph counties, asking the minors to take sexually graphic photographs of themselves and send those photographs to her through electronic means including e-mail and cell phone.
    Investigators also obtained a court ordered search warrant to obtain contents of an e-mail account used by the supposed Columbia girl. Contents of this account produced numerous sexually graphic photographs of numerous males who are believed to be minors as well as sexually graphic photographs of a girl purporting to be Sarah McGee and believed to have been sent to several of the minors.
    At 8:30 a.m. Thursday, March 8, 2012, Task Force investigators arrested Burows at his home in Columbia. Task Force investigators also served a court ordered search warrant at the suspect’s residence and seized numerous items of evidence including a computer and cellular telephone, both of which are believed to have been used in connection with the alleged offenses.
    Later that afternoon the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office formally charged the suspect with the offenses.
     In recent years, Burows attended Moberly Area Community College, where he was named to the 2010 dean’s list; he performed in the Hannibal High School production of “Ordinary People,” in 2008 and “Bus Stop” in 2007; he was a member of the Hannibal High School Key Club, he was a member of Hannibal Chapter of the National Technical Honor Society; and represented Hannibal at Boy’s State in 2007. In 2007, he was honored with the Boy Scout’s Silver Beaver Award for his distinguished service to youth.
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