Crime & Courts

Wichita man charged in child pornography case

Wichita

A federal grand jury has indicted a Wichita man for allegedly possessing and disseminating sexually explicit images of children.

Justin A. Jacks, 26, is charged with two counts of distributing child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography between May and July, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Thursday.

According to the criminal complaint filed in the case against Jacks:

A Wichita Police Department detective conducting an undercover investigation into child pornography on the Internet used a file sharing network called BitTorrent to download several explicit files from a user whose IP address led to Jacks’ Wichita home.

In July, a special agent with the Homeland Security Department obtained and executed a federal search warrant of the home with Wichita police. Authorities found a laptop computer in the basement, where Jacks stayed, with 116 files containing child pornography. All depicted pre-teens.

Authorities contacted Jacks at his job at a Wichita warehouse on July 24 and took him to the Exploited and Missing Child Unit.

In a law enforcement interview he admitted downloading pornographic images and videos of children, and said he did so because he was angry he wasn’t allowed to see two young girls he knows.

If convicted, Jacks faces five to 20 years in federal prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 on each distribution count, Grissom said. He also faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the child porn possession charge.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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