A man committed to a sexual predator unit at Larned State Hospital made child pornography while in custody, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Wednesday.
An indictment filed in federal court alleges Christopher M. Case, 33, enticed both a 15-year-old and a 13-year-old to perform sex acts that would be videoed and sent over the Internet while he was a patient, Grissom said in a news release. He faces two counts of producing child pornography as well as two counts of sending obscene material to a child related to allegations that he sent the 13-year-old personal masturbation videos on two occasions in December 2011.
The alleged crimes occurred between Dec. 1, 2011, and Jan. 23, 2012, Grissom said. Case was a registered sex offender at the time; he was convicted of attempted aggravated indecent solicitation of a child in May 2003 in Saline County, Grissom said.
The hospital is part of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. Its spokeswoman, Angela de Rocha, said Thursday the recent accusations against Case involved the use of the contraband cellphone.
If convicted, Case faces at least 25 years in federal prison on each production count and at least a 10-year prison term for each count of second obscene material to a child, Grissom said. He could also be fined up to $250,000 on each count. The Wichita Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force teamed with the Kansas Attorney General’s Office in the investigation.