FBI agent honored for nearly two decades of protecting children

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FBI Special Agent Mike Daniels receives the Crystal Kipper & Ali Kemp Memorial Award from Roger Kemp, father of Ali Kemp, and U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison.

KANSAS CITY — Tim Garrison, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, presented the annual Crystal Kipper & Ali Kemp Memorial Award to FBI Special Agent Mike Daniels, Kansas City North.

The award, which is usually presented during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in April, was delayed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Garrison presented the award to Daniels during a ceremony at the FBI regional headquarters in Kansas City, a press release states.

In presenting the award, Garrison noted the theme for the 2020 Crime Victims’ Rights week was Seek Justice – Ensure Victims’ Rights – Inspire Hope.

“In his time investigating crimes against children,” Garrison said, “Mike has exemplified these ideals.”

Daniels began his career with the FBI 20 years ago and for the past 17-plus years has investigated cases of violent crimes against children.

“Mike is committed to protecting children,” Garrison said. “Not only has he identified and arrested numerous perpetrators, but Mike has been successful in identifying and locating victims. Although Mike has an affable, calm demeanor, when there is a child in our community that is in danger, Mike kicks into high gear and focuses on stopping the exploitation and working to achieve justice for these vulnerable members of society.”

Daniels’ cases include investigating defendant Conner Michael Webb, who was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to producing child pornography of a 2-year-old victim.

“The Assistant U.S. Attorneys in our office who have worked closely with Mike over the years, know he is willing to do what it takes to achieve justice – including working long hours, appearing in court on short notice and empathetically engaging with victims,” said Garrison. “We appreciate all the work Mike has done to successfully prosecute cases in our district.”