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Johnson County Man Indicted
On Charges of Producing Child Porn

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Nov. 17, 2011

TOPEKA, KAN. – A Johnson County man has been indicted on charges of persuading a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct in order to produce child pornography, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Steven Miller, 30, Shawnee, Kan., is charged with two counts of persuading a minor to engage in sexually explicit activity in order to produce child pornography. The indictment alleges Miller used an Olympus camera to produce child pornography on Aug. 30, 2003, and Sept. 23, 2003, in Overland Park, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 15 years and not more than 30 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Martin is prosecuting.




OTHER INDICTMENTS

A grand jury meeting in Topeka, Kan., also returned the following indictments:

Irene Equigua, 30, Whittier, Calif., and Luis Mendez-Razo, 26, Sacramento, Calif., are charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. In addition, Mendez-Razo is charged with one count of maintaining a residence at 6325 Longwood, Kansas City, Kan., for the purpose of storing methamphetamine. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Oct. 27, 2011, in Kansas City, Kan.

Upon conviction, each of the methamphetamine counts carries a penalty of not less than 10 years and not more than life and a fine up to $10 million. The charge of maintaining a residence in furtherance of drug trafficking carries a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $2 million. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Zabel is prosecuting.

Brook Carter, 39, Grandview, Mo., and Dana Elaine Carter, 44, Grandview, Mo., are charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Nov. 15 and 16, 2011, in Shawnee County, Kan.

If convicted, they face a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 40 years and a fine up to $5 million on each count. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Maag is prosecuting.

Joshua Adam Burch, 25, who is being held in the Riley County Jail, is charged with three counts of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crimes are alleged to have occurred April 7, Sept. 23 and Oct. 27, 2011, in Geary County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry Disney is prosecuting

Miguel A. Regalado-Patino, 36, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with one count of possessing false documents, three counts of aggravated identity theft, one count of making a false written statement to the government and one count of misusing a Social Security number. The crimes are alleged to have occurred June 5, 2007, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:
Possessing a false document: A maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.
Aggravated identity theft: A mandatory two years in federal prison to run consecutively to other sentences.
Making a false statement to the government: A maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000.
Misusing a Social Security number: A maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson is prosecuting.

Edgar Torres-Ontiveros, 23, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being convicted of an aggravated felony and deported. He was found Nov. 4, 2011, in Sedgwick 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’s Homeland Security Investigations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Blair Watson is prosecuting.

Saul Garcia-Renya, 44, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported. He was found Oct. 30, 2011, in Liberal, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of two years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Blair Watson 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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