Prosecutors: KC man drugged girls with ice cream

Thursday, October 22, 2009 | 9:11 a.m. CDT; updated 9:33 a.m. CDT, Thursday, October 22, 2009

KANSAS CITY — Federal prosecutors are accusing a south Kansas City man of using sedative-laced ice cream to drug young girls and pose them for pornographic pictures.

A federal grand jury indicted 60-year-old James Phillip "Phil" Edwards on Wednesday on charges of advertising, possessing and attempting to distribute child pornography.

Court records say that investigators found images of at least eight girls who appeared to be unconscious when they seized Edwards' computer.

The Kansas City Star reports that police and prosecutors aren't saying how many potential victims there were or how Edwards had gained access to them. But they say they believe all of the victims have been found and are safe.

Assistant federal defender Travis Poindexter, who was appointed to represent Edwards, said he could not comment.

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