Kechi man charged with producing child pornography
02/01/2013 3:51 PM
02/01/2013 3:52 PM
A Kechi man has been charged in federal court with producing child pornography.
Elias Barthelman, 34, is charged with five counts of enticing minor girls to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a prepared statement. The indictment alleges that in 2011 and 2012 he used the Internet to contact the girls, whose ages ranged from 9 to 15.
If Barthelman is convicted, he faces a penalty of no less than 15 years and no more than 30 years in federal prison. He also faces a fine of up to $250,000 on each count.
Editor's Choice Videos
Join the Discussion
The Wichita Eagle is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.