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Wichita man faces federal child porn charges

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at 6:45 p.m.

A Wichita truck driver faces federal charges for allegedly taking two laptop computers containing child pornography across the Oklahoma-Kansas state line.

In announcing the charge Wednesday, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said investigators found sexually explicit images during an Oct. 11 raid of 40-year-old Joshua David Bellah’s home. During the search, authorities seized three laptops, a smartphone, two USB drives and several disks containing depictions of children thought to be as young as 5.

According to a federal indictment, two of the laptops were driven from Oklahoma to Kansas on that same date.

Bellah was arrested at his home in the 1500 block of South Old Manor and booked on Oct. 12, Sedgwick County Jail records show. A complaint filed in district court earlier this month alleges the 40-year-old created free e-mail accounts to receive and distribute child pornography, used them briefly, then abandoned them and set up more for the same purpose, Grissom said.

If convicted, Bellah faces five to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000, Grissom said.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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