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Aug. 11, 2010

GRAND JURY INDICTS JOHNSON COUNTY LAWYER ON CHARGE OF ATTEMPTING TO ENTICE A MINOR


KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A federal grand jury here has returned an indictment charging Johnson County attorney Samuel P. Logan, 45, Kansas City, Mo., with one count of attempting to entice a minor to have sex and one count of receiving and distributing child pornography.

Logan initially was charged in a criminal complaint filed July 22, 2010. The indictment alleges that Logan used a computer to attempt to solicit a person he thought was a 14-year-old girl. In fact, he was communicating with an undercover officer. The indictment also alleges Logan sent child pornography to the officer.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 10 years and not more than life and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of attempting to entice a minor and a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 20 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of receiving and distributing child pornography. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the FBI Cyber Crimes Task Force in Kansas City, Mo., investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Martin is prosecuting. This case is being prosecuted as part of the Justice Department’s Project Safe Childhood. For more information see www.projectsafechildhood.gov

 

OTHER INDICTMENTS

A federal grand jury meeting in Kansas City, Kan., also returned the following indictments:

Santiago Piedra-Soto, 41, Wichita, Kan., Nicholas Ibarra, 24, Wichita, Kan., and Jesus Manuel Urbina, 23, Wichita, Kan., are charged with possession with intent to distribute approximately five pounds of methamphetamine. The crime is alleged to have occurred July 28, 2010, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, they face a penalty of not less than 10 years and not more than life and a fine up to $4 million. The Wichita Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Blair Watson is prosecuting.

Alejandro Sanchez-Sosa, 24, and Omar Navarrete-Tejeda, 24, are charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and two counts of distributing methamphetamine. The crimes are alleged to have occurred from April 28, 2010, to July 14, 2010, in Overland Park, Kan.

If convicted, they face a penalty of not less than 10 years and not more than life and a fine up to $4 million on the conspiracy charge, and a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 40 years and a fine up to $2 million on each of the distribution charges. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Trent Krug is prosecuting.

Adrian M. Batts, 25, Kansas City, Kan., and Joseph Holbrook, 26, Kansas City, Mo., are charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine, one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. In addition, Batts is charged with one count of distributing crack cocaine and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, and Holbrook is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crimes are alleged to have occurred July 21, 2010, in Kansas City, Kan.

Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:
Conspiracy: Not less than five years and not more than 40 years and a fine up to $2 million.
Distribution: A maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $1 million.
Possession with intent to distribute: Not less than five years and not more than 40 years and a fine up to $2 million.
Possession of a firearm with obliterated serial number: Not less than five years and not more than life and a fine up to $250,000.
Possession of a firearm after a felony conviction: A maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000.

The Kansas City, Kan., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Terra Morehead is prosecuting.

Fernando Gonzalez-Garcia, 63, Topeka, Kan., is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being convicted of an aggravated felony and deported. He was found July 6, 2010, in Shawnee County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Hendershot is prosecuting.

Wolfgang Von Vader, 44, an inmate at Leavenworth Penitentiary, is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin and one count of possessing a prohibited object in the prison. The crimes are alleged to have occurred December 30, 2009, in the prison.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $1 million on the charge of possession of heroin, and a maximum penalty of 20 years consecutive to his existing sentence and a fine up to $250,000 on the other charge. The FBI investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Trent Krug is prosecuting.
Shawn D. Franklin, 31, Kansas City, Kan., is charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in May and July 2010 in Kansas City, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000. The Kansas City, Kan., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Terra Morehead is prosecuting.

Bin Liu, 38, is charged with one count of unlawfully possessing a firearm while he was an illegal alien in the United States. The crime is alleged to have occurred June 18, 2010, in Johnson County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tris Hunt is prosecuting.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.


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