FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 2, 2010
LEAVENWORTH MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO PRODUCING CHILD PORN
KANSAS CITY, KAN. – Chris Dwire, 37, Leavenworth, Kan., has pleaded guilty to producing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch said today.
Dwire pleaded guilty to one count of producing child pornography and one count of attempted sexual abuse of a child. Dwire’s plea agreement states that in Dec. 8, 2008, a woman called the Leavenworth Police Department to report her 13-year-old daughter was communicating on the Internet with an unknown male who arranged to meet her for sex.
Police arrested Dwire when he stopped his white Chevrolet pickup in the alley behind the girl’s home. Dwire told officers he was going to meet the girl in order to warn her not to engage in sex acts with strangers, but police found a Kodak Easy Share digital camera in his truck. Investigators reviewed the record of chat sessions in which Dwire talked about having sex with the girl. Examiners from the Heart of America Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory found 90 movies on Dwire’s computer showing children engaged in sex acts. The computer also contained child pornography Dwire had produced himself.
During the guilty plea hearing, Dwire admitted that he assumed the identity of a teenage girl from Leavenworth on a social networking site and through the use of that identity persuaded the 13-year old to communicate with him through an instant messaging service. Dwire further admitted that he used this teenage girl identity to persuade the 13-year old victim to engage in sexual conversations with him.
Dwire is set for sentencing May 24, 2010. The government will recommend a sentence of 262 months (more than 21 years) in federal prison. Welch commended the Leavenworth Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Rask for their work on the case. The case was prosecuted through Project Safe Childhood. For more information see www.projectsafechildhood.gov