Grand jury indicts former metro karate instructor for multiple child pornography charges

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A former area karate instructor faces a long list of child pornography charges, and the victim is a former student. Jered Faulkner, 36, is a Raytown man now facing four federal child porn charges following a grand jury’s indictment last week.

He’s been charged with attempted production of child pornography, distribution of child pornography over the Internet, receipt of child pornography over the Internet, and possession of child pornography.

According to court documents, Faulkner is accused of possessing more than 1,000 digital pictures and videos of child porn on his computer. Investigators say two of the images were taken with a cell phone and depicted a girl possibly as young as seven years old with her shorts pulled down.

Former roommate Jeremy Hill said Faulkner was arrested last Friday. He said Faulkner was a good friend, and the charges against him are surprising.

"He's the only friend I've had, the only best friend I've had," he said. "To think of the stuff that he's been charged with, it, I mean it's nothing like the man I've ever known."

Hill said Faulkner lived with him, his wife and stepson for a little less than a year in Raytown. In January, Hill said the FBI went through their home and interviewed his family, which is when Faulkner told him the reason why.

“He’s the one that told me that they were there for child pornography, and he didn’t know why,” Hill said.

Hill thought the FBI had to have the wrong guy, and still thinks it's possible the whole thing might be a mistake.

"Somebody must be going in under his name and have his name and password or something, and they're doing it, so now it's looking like he is," Hill said.

Court papers also reveal an adult man's hand was pulling the child's underwear aside. Authorities say they later learned that the pictures were taken in July of 2014, and that the child was a former student at a karate studio where Faulkner worked at the time.

Faulkner worked at Tamashii Karate. The business wouldn't confirm for FOX 4 when he worked there. Hill said he believes Faulkner was working there at least through some part of January. The manager of Tamashii would only say the safety of the children at her school is its number one priority.

Faulkner is expected to make an appearance in federal court on Wednesday and is currently in custody.

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