Fight against child pornography leads to arrests, convictions

TOPEKA — Ten people have been either charged or convicted on charges related to online child pornography as part of Operation Child Shield, state Attorney General Steve Six said today.

Six said there also are a number of ongoing investigations as part of the operation, which is employing the latest computer technology. The effort is part of a continuing focus by the attorney general's office on online safety.

Operation Child Shield is a cooperative effort between the attorney general's office and law enforcement jurisdictions throughout Kansas. It is targeting suspects who distribute images depicting the sexual exploitation of children online. To date, there have been five convictions across the state and five additional individuals have been charged and are in custody.

It also runs sting operations for those who use the Internet to solicit sex from minors.