Topeka Man Charged With Producing Child Porn

CHILD PORN

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TOPEKA, KAN.  – An investigation that started in Australia has resulted in a Topeka man being charged with producing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Jonathan Kearn, 38, Topeka, Kan., is charged with one count of producing child pornography, one count of distributing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in April and May 2013 in Shawnee County, Kan.

Kearn initially was charged in a criminal complaint filed May 10, 2013, in U.S. District Court in Topeka. An affidavit in support of the complaint alleges the investigation began when an investigator working undercover for the Queensland Police Service in Queensland, Australia, received an email from Kearn. Kearn sent the investigator images of child pornography that were produced by Kearn.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 15 years and not more than 30 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the production charge; a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 20 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the distribution charge and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the distribution charge.

ICE Homeland Security Investigations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Kenney is prosecuting.

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