Grand jury returns indictments

12/18/2010 12:00 AM

08/08/2014 10:01 AM

TOPEKA — A federal grand jury meeting in Topeka has returned the following indictments, according to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom:

* Elliott L. Bennett, 47, Wichita, is charged with distributing child pornography. The crime is alleged to have occurred Oct. 26 in Sedgwick County.

Bennett initially was charged in a criminal complaint filed Dec. 8 in U.S. District Court in Wichita. The indictment alleged that an FBI agent in Rochester, N.Y., downloaded child pornography from Bennett's computer via a peer-to-peer network.

* Howard Anderson Lee, 55, Topeka, is charged with failing to register as a sex offender. He also is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction.

The indictment alleges Lee was convicted in 2005 in Chaves County, N.M., on a charge of criminal sexual contact with a minor. Since Jan. 26, according to the indictment, he has resided in Kansas and has not registered as required by the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

* David Silva-Gaviria, 30, Hespiria, Calif., is charged with possession with intent to distribute about 90 pounds of marijuana. The crime is alleged to have occurred Nov. 20 in Ellis County.

* Michael Dean Rindt, 42, Emporia, is charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of William Allen White Elementary School in Emporia. The crime is alleged to have occurred Aug. 16.

* Christopher Anthony Wilaby, 26, Pensacola, Fla., is charged with concealing the body of Echo May Wiles in a vehicle and sinking the vehicle in Moon Lake on Fort Riley. The crime is alleged to have occurred in August 2005 in Riley County.

Wilaby initially was charged in a criminal complaint filed Dec. 8 in U.S. District Court in Topeka. The complaint alleged the victim's decomposed body was found in April when a construction worker spotted the antenna of the vehicle after the lake was partially drained. Federal charges include: one count of concealing the body in the lake, one count of failing to report the theft of the car, one count of auto theft, one count of obtaining unauthorized control over the body, and one count of entering a military installation for an unlawful purpose.

* Robert Alonzo Davis, 30, is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred Oct. 7 in Saline County.

* Matthew Douglas Thille, 21, Downs, is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred Oct. 21 in Mitchell County.

* Jude T. Akins, 37, Topeka, is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred Sept. 7 in Shawnee County.

* Gayland R. Taylor, 27, Topeka, is charged with assaulting a postal employee. The crime is alleged to have occurred Nov. 9 in Shawnee County.

* Jorge Sajaropulos-Heraldez, 34; Ireneo Gonzalez-Santos, 22; Miguel Navarro-Hernandez, 34; Amila Sanchez-Moya, 31; and Javier Santos-Cruz, 24, all citizens of Mexico, are charged with immigration crimes. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Nov. 29 in Seward County.

Sajaropulos-Heraldez is charged with one count of unlawfully transporting nine illegal aliens in the United States and one count of unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported. Gonzalez-Santos, Navarro-Hernandez, Sanchez-Moya and Santos-Cruz are charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported.

* Luis Antonio Lopez-Lira, 30, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being convicted of an aggravated felony and deported. He was found Dec. 13 in Finney County.

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