Former Kansas City doctor gets 7.5 years for child pornography

Posted at 3:59 PM, Oct 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-09 16:59:56-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Kansas City physician was sentenced to 7.5 years without parole for distributing child pornography.

Federal prosecutors say 42-year-old Jeffrey Hassenflug was also sentenced Tuesday to 10 years of supervised release after incarceration. Hassenflug also has paid $15,000 in restitution to his victims.

Hassenflug was a doctor in Kansas City until moving to Texas in 2016, where he was an emergency room physician.

Hassenflug admitted that he downloaded and shared child pornography over the internet. Investigators found 3,047 images of child pornography and 131 videos of child pornography on Hassenflug's electronic devices.

He was arrested after a member of the FBI Kansas City Child Exploitation Task Force downloaded numerous files of child pornography from Hassenflug's computer, including images and videos depicting babies and toddlers being sexually abused.