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Grand Jury Indicts Kansas City, Kan., Man
On Interstate Travel For Sex With A Child

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Sept. 6, 2012

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – Robert Poe III, 38, Kansas City, Kan., is charged with three counts of traveling from Kansas to Missouri for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts with a minor. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 1999 and 2000.

Poe initially was charged in a criminal complaint filed last month in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan. He faces the same charges in this month’s indictment.

Poe was the subject of a national news release Aug. 30 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The release said Poe is the latest defendant to be charged as a result of an ICE investigation of an international child pornography ring. Investigators say Poe was communicating on the Internet with other defendants including Michael Arnett, 38, of Roeland Park, Kan. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is asking anyone with information about children victimized by Poe or Arnett to call 816-802-8524 to report it.

If convicted, Poe faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Martin is prosecuting.


OTHER INDICTMENTS


William “Spook” Spann, 49, is charged with two counts of transporting wildlife from Kansas to Tennessee that he obtained in violation of state hunting laws in Kansas. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in November 2007.

In count one, the indictment alleges he purchased a white-tailed deer and transported its antlers from Stafford County, Kansas to Tennessee, knowing the deer had been taken in violation of state hunting laws. In count two, the indictment alleges he purchased a white-tailed deer and falsely reported to the owner of the land, identified as LZ, that the deer was not taken on LZ’s property.

If convicted, Spann faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine up to $20,000 on count one and a maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000 count two. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Oakley is prosecuting.

Carla Welborn, 49, Leavenworth, Kan., is charged with one count of embezzling more than $304,899 while she worked for the Credit Union of Leavenworth County at 4101 South 4th Trafficway in Leavenworth, Kan. The crime is alleged to have occurred from Jan. 1, 2009, to Jan. 26, 2012.

If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison and a fine up to $1 million. The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jabari Wamble is prosecuting.

Tracy Eberhart, 41, Leon, Kan., and Jeffrey Eberhart, 50, Leon, Kan., are charged with firearms and explosives violations.

Tracy Eberhart is charged with one count of aiding a convicted felon to possess firearms and ammunition and one count of disposition of firearms and ammunition to a convicted felon. Jeffrey Eberhart is charged with one count of unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition after a felony conviction, one count of dealing in firearms without a license and one count of dealing in explosives without a license.

The Eberharts initially were charged last month in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Wichita. The indictment adds a charge of dealing in explosives without a license against Jeffrey Eberhart.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Treaster is prosecuting.

Tammy Redel, 38, Edgerton, Kan., and Stacy Ashley, 35, Edgerton, Kan., are charged in a superseding indictment with unlawful distribution of prescription drugs.

Redel is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute a mixture of oxycodone and morphine with death and serious bodily injury resulting from the use of the substance, one count of distributing morphine with death and serious bodily injury resulting from the use of the substance, one count of distributing oxycodone, one count of distributing alprazolam and one count of distributing methamphetamine.

Ashley is charged with one count of distributing oxymorphone with death and seriously bodily injury resulting from the use of the substance and one count of distributing amphetamine.

The crime are alleged to have occurred at various times in July 2011 in Garnett, Kan.

Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:
Conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and morphine with death and serious bodily injury resulting: Not less than 20 years and not more than life in federal prison and a fine up to $1 million.
Distributing oxymorphone with death and serious bodily injury resulting: Not less than 20 years and not more than life in federal prison and a fine up to $1 million.
Distributing morphine: Not less than 20 years and not more than life in federal prison and a fine up to $1 million.
Distributing oxycodone: A maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $1 million.
Distributing methamphetamine: A maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $1 million.
Distributing amphetamine: A maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $1 million.
Distributing alprazolam: A maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheri McCracken is prosecuting.

James Benimon II, 31, Lawrence, Kan., is charged with failing to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification after being convicted in Wyandotte County District Court for aggravated indecent solicitation of a child. The crime is alleged to have occurred in November 2011.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The U.S. Marshals Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Martin is prosecuting.

Shane McMahan, 31, Kansas City, Kan., is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction and one count of unlawful possession of a sawed off shotgun. The crimes are alleged to have occurred July 2, 2012, in Kansas City, Kan.

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

Ulises Torres-Gonzalez, 31, Wichita, Kan., and Cesar F. Holguin, 32. Maxville, Kan., are charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The crime is alleged to have occurred Aug. 22, 2010, in Sedgwick 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. The Wichita Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Lind is prosecuting.

Eliseo Renteria-Araiza, 34, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported. He was found Feb. 27, 2012, in Sedgwick County, 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 Enforcement Removal Operations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson is prosecuting.

Jazmin Herrera-Vigueria, 25, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported. She was found July 29, 2012, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of two years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement Removal Operations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson is prosecuting.

Jose Chavez-Navarro, 48, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported. He was found Aug. 17, 2012, in Sedgwick County, 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 Enforcement Removal Operations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson is prosecuting.

Ben Polasky, 29, Neodasha, Kan., and Katina Johnston, 39, Wichita, Kan., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The crime is alleged to have occurred Aug. 17, 2012, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

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

Tracy Lamark King, 34, Wichita, Kan., is charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. The crime is alleged to have occurred Aug. 16, 2012, in Clark County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 40 years and a fine up to $2 million. The Clark County Sheriff’s Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Jacobs is prosecuting.

Xzavier Stewart, 23, Chicago, Ill., is charged with two counts of bank robbery. In count one he is charged with robbing the Bank of the West, 9400 Antioch in Overland Park, Kan. on Aug. 20, 2012. In count two he is charged with robbing the same bank on July 28, 2012.

He initially was charged in a criminal complaint filed last month in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan. The indictment adds a second bank robbery charge.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheri McCracken is prosecuting.

Sergio Munoz-Lopez, 19, Kansas City, Kan., is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a person unlawfully in the United States. The crime is alleged to have occurred June 19, 2012, in Kansas City, Kan.

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

Jose Parra-Gonzalez, 42, who is not a citizen of the United States, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being convicted of a felony and deported. He was found July 29, 2012, in Kansas.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Rask 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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