Rice County man pleads guilty to child porn charges

WICHITA — A Rice County man has pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Frank Filipi, 52, of Lyons, pleaded guilty to one count of distributing child pornography, one count of possessing child pornography and one count of attempting to send obscene material to a minor.

Filipi admitted that from October 2009 to January 2010 he communicated online with a person he believed to be a 14-year-old Ohio girl named Abby. In fact, Filipi's messages were going to a police detective in Creston, Ohio.

The detective contacted the Wichita Police Department and the Kansas Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. A Wichita detective, posing as a 14-year-old girl named Paige, contacted Filipi. Filipi sent sexual messages to Paige as well as still and video child pornography.

In January 2010, investigators served a search warrant at Filipi's home in Lyons and seized his computer and a thumb drive, which contained child pornography.

Sentencing is set for Dec. 15. Prosecutors are recommending a sentence of 90 months.