KANSAS CITY, KAN. - An Augusta, Kan., man has been indicted on charges of producing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today. The indictment was returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Kan.
Kristopher K. Sims, 30, Augusta, Kan., is charged with two counts of production of child pornography. The crimes are alleged to have occurred July 20, 2012, and Nov. 5, 2012, in Butler County, Kan.Sims initially was charged in a criminal complaint filed Nov. 15 in U.S. District Court in Wichita. An investigator’s affidavit in support of the complaint alleges that a Wichita police detective initiated the investigation after receiving information from Omegle, an online chat service that encourages users to communicate anonymously with strangers. Investigators learned that during a chat on Omegle users exchanged an image of an adult male engaged in sexual activity with a female child who appeared to be under the age of four. They followed an electronic trail to Sims’ home in Augusta. They learned that Sims had used the Internet to pose as a 14-year-old boy in order to contact girls and to entice them to send him photos of themselves engaged in sexual activities.If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 15 years and not more than 30 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. Homeland Security Investigations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Wichita Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart is prosecuting.