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Monday, May 11, 2015

Federal Jury Convicts Topeka Man Of Producing Child Pornography

TOPEKA, KAN. – A federal jury has convicted a Topeka man of producing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Jonathan Kearn, 40, Topeka, Kansas, was convicted Friday on one count of producing child pornography, one count of distributing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography.

During trail, prosecutors presented evidence that the investigation began in April 2013 when Homeland Security Investigations received a report from the Queensland Police Service, Queensland, Australia. An Australian investigator had received emails from Kearn in Kansas containing child pornography Kearn had produced. The child pornography included images of a child under six years old.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 10. He faces a penalty of not less than 15 years in federal prison on the production count, not less than five years on the distribution charge, and a maximum penalty of 10 years on the possession charge. Grissom commended Homeland Security Investigations, the Topeka Police Department, the Queensland Police Service and Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Kenney for their work on the case.

Updated May 11, 2015