Ian Burow was a standout as a Hannibal High School student, listed on the school’s A honor roll in 2007; a comic actor in the 2007 drama production of “You Can Die Laughing”; he was selected to attend the Price of Freedom workshop sponsored by the Freedom Foundation of Valley Forge as a 16-year-old in 2007; he was a member of the school’s Quiz Bowl team in 2005; and he was an Eagle Scout from Troop 100 in Hannibal.
On Feb. 3, 2014, Burow, now 24, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Matt J. Whitworth to the charges contained in a Nov. 7, 2012, federal indictment. Burow remains in federal custody without bond.
Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, reported that by pleading guilty, “Burow admitted that he used the alias “Sarah McGee” to communicate online (through Facebook, Skype and Yahoo) and via cell phone with several Boy Scouts, ranging in age from 14 to 17. Burow tricked the minor victims into sending him pornographic photos of themselves in inappropriate poses, or make videos or live broadcast themselves engaged in sexually explicit behavior over the Internet (through Skype or a Windows movie media attachment).”
Dickinson further reported that Burow pleaded guilty to seven counts – involving six different victims, ages 14 through 17 – of receiving and distributing child pornography between Dec. 27, 2010, and Aug. 1, 2011. Burow also pleaded guilty to one count of producing child pornography on Oct. 14, 2011, when he used a 15-year-old victim to engage in sexually explicit conduct, which was transmitted live over the Internet by using Skype.
Under federal statutes, Dickinson said that Burow is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison without parole. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office, she said.
For more information on this case, including specific acts for which Burow was prosecuted, go to the U.S. Attorney’s web site at: http://www.justice.gov/usao/mow/news2014/burow.ple.html