Olathe man sentenced to 15 years in child porn case

An Olathe man found with more than 17,000 pornographic photos and videos of children will serve at least 15 years in prison for receiving and distributing the material over the Internet, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.

Christopher McKinney, 34, was sentenced Monday to 186 months in prison after pleading guilty earlier this year to one count of receipt and distribution of child pornography, U.S. attorney Barry Grissom’s office said in a news release.

A five-year investigation led agents to McKinney, who admitted to exchanging child pornography — including a series of sexually explicit images of a 10- to 12-year-old girl — with at least one other man. Chat logs also show McKinney — known as “haggarus” on the Internet — was willing to receive a video of a 2-year-old being raped in a bathtub. When another Internet user offered the video to McKinney, he replied, “Send away,” according to Grissom’s office.

McKinney was also initially charged with possession of the child pornography after investigators found thousands of images and about 500 videos featuring children in sexually explicit situations. The lesser charge was dropped under a plea agreement, spokesman Jim Cross said Tuesday.

The investigation started in 2007 when Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents recovered computer records from the home of an Omaha, Neb., man, who exchanged child pornography with men, including McKinney, from other states.