Kearney County Man Indicted On Child Porn Charges

KSCB News - February 3, 2015 4:20 pm

A Kearny County man was indicted Tuesday on federal child pornography charges, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Mark A. Wireman , 44, Lakin, Kan., was charged with five counts of distributing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography.

According to court records, the investigation began in October 2014 when Google made a report to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) CyberTipline. The report was about a file containing child porn that had been uploaded on a Google email server. Investigators followed an electronic trail to Wireman, who was a previously convicted sex offender.

Wireman allegedly was exchanging emails containing child pornography with a man who he met in prison. The emails included photos of young children including toddlers in sexual situations. In one of Wireman’s emails, he urged the other man to take pornographic photos of a child to whom the man had access.

If convicted, Wireman faces a penalty of not less than 15 years and not more than 40 years on the distribution charge and not less than 10 years and not more than 20 years on the possession charge. Homeland Security investigations, the Wichita Police Department’s Exploited and Missing Child Unit and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart is prosecuting.

 

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