A McPherson County man was sentenced Monday to 260 years in federal prison for using a 9-year-old child to produce child pornography.
Philip Andra Grigsby, 50, of Marquette pleaded guilty to eight counts of sexual exploitation of a child, one count of possession of child pornography and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
Grigsby initially was charged in a criminal complaint filed in July in U.S. District Court in Wichita. The complaint stated the investigation began in Australia earlier in 2012 when an Australian man was arrested by police in that country. Evidence in that case showed the man had received child pornography over the Internet from other men, including Grigsby in Kansas.
Investigators found e-mail messages sent by Grigsby to the Australian, including attachments with images of child pornography. The name of a middle school was visible on a certificate in one of the photos, which helped investigators identify the location and identity of the victim.
Investigators obtained other evidence when they served search warrants at Grigsby’s home. Forensic analysis of the digital media revealed hundreds of still photos and five movies showing the sexual exploitation of the minor victim, as well as other images of child pornography and evidence the defendant used a webcam to broadcast the abuse to other offenders.