Federal prosecutors on Wednesday charged a Topeka man with possessing, producing and distributing child pornography after he sent sexually explicit images to an undercover investigator working for Australian authorities, according to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s office.
Jonathan Kearn, 38, faces one count on each of the crimes, which allegedly occurred in April and May, Grissom said in a news release. An affidavit filed in federal court says Kearn produced and e-mailed the images to the investigator, who was working for Queensland Police Service in Queensland, Australia.
Kearn, who was originally charged May 10, faces between 15 and 30 years in federal prison and up to a $250,000 fine if convicted of the production charge, Grissom said. Similar penalties may be levied if he is found guilty of possessing and distributing child porn.
In other indictments Wednesday:
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• Jose G. Jimenez, 29, of Wichita, was charged with five counts of unlawful possession of a firearm for crimes that allegedly occurred May 21 in Sedgwick County.
• Steven Michael Gigger, 29, of Topeka, faces unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, unlawful possession of ammunition and unlawful possession of a firearm with the serial number obliterated in connection with a May 19 shooting in Lawrence.
• Charles Henderson Jr., 24, and Kyser L. Leonard, 40, both of Kansas City, were charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin and two counts of distributing heroin within 1,000 feet of a Kansas City playground. Henderson also faces possession with intent to distribute and unlawful possession of a firearm; Leonard also is charged with maintaining a residence in furtherance of drug trafficking and using a telephone to further the same crime.
The drug crimes allegedly occurred between Nov. 6, 2012, and May 6, 2013. The government is asking that $25,139 in proceeds from the operation be surrendered.
• Melissa Jo Brachter, 35, is charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and distributing the drug within 1,000 feet of Ellsworth schools on April 15. Her place of residence was not immediately available from Grissom’s office.
• Gregory A. Madinger II, of Topeka, faces unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crime allegedly occurred April 17 in Shawnee County.