Kechi Man ChargedWith Distributing Child Pornography
WICHITA, KAN. A Kechi man was charged today with distributing child pornography, mainly from his computer at work, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
Jaime Menchaca, 33, Kechi, Kan., was charged in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Wichita with one count of distributing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography.
An affidavit filed in support of the complaint alleged the investigation began in September when agents of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) served a search warrant at the residence of a man in Pevely, Mo. They found evidence the man had received child pornography from IP addresses they traced to Highland Dairy in Wichita and Menchaca’s home in Kechi. Investigators determined Menchaca was a manager at the dairy.
On Jan. 11, 2014, investigators took a trained computer forensic analyst with the Kansas Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (KS ICAC) to the dairy and made a copy of the company computer used by Menchaca. They also obtained a thumb drive from Menchaca. The thumb drive contained images of children as young as six years old engaged in sexual acts. Investigators determined Menchaca had been using the Internet to trade child exploitation materials through a photo-sharing site. He primarily conducted this activity from his computer at work but also checked his emails from his home.
If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the distribution count, and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the possession count. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Wichita Police Department, and the Kansas Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart is prosecuting.