Police say this cheerful mug shot is dangerously deceptive. James Phillips Edwards, 60, has been charged by Kansas City police with allegedly luring children with sedative-laced ice cream and then filming them in pornographic poses after they lost consciousness.
Photos were traced to Edwards’ computer, leading to a search of his house. One of the files recovered of young girls was entitled “Consuming The Date Rape Drug.” At least eight girls are believed to have been victimized.
According to police, Edwards would give drinks and ice cream laced with the drug before videotaping the girls.
Thus far, he is charged with advertising, possessing and attempting to distribute child pornography. I would expect the list of charges to expand. However, these charges alone could produce sentences as high as 30 years and, if found guilty, he would have a hard time asking for mercy or leniency. Indeed, he may have a hard time asking for any deal in a plea bargain with the understandable outrage of the public. The ice cream man will face a Rocky Road ahead.
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