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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Indictment: Convicted Sex Offender Sexually Exploited Minor

WICHITA, KAN. – A convicted sex offender who lives in Wichita was indicted today on federal charges of sexually exploiting a minor, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

Bryan Anthony Hale, 35, Wichita, is charged with one count of producing child pornography, one count of committing a crime involving a minor while registered as a sex offender, one count of providing child pornography to a minor and one count of possessing child pornography. The crimes are alleged to have occurred during September and October 2020 in Sedgwick County, Kan.

In 2016, Hale was convicted in Sedgwick County District Court of a sex act involving a 6-year-old victim. He is registered on the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website at https://www.nsopw.gov/ .

Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following potential penalties:

Producing child pornography: Not less than 15 years and not more than 30 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

Crime involving a minor: Up to 10 years (consecutive).

Providing child pornography to a minor: Not less than five years and not more than 20 years and a fine up to $250,000.

Possession: Up to 20 years and a fine up to $250,000.

The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart is prosecuting.

 

OTHER INDICTMENTS 

 

Clinton Wade McElroy, 49, Ellis, Kan., is charged with one count of producing child pornography and one count of committing a crime involving a minor child while registered as a sex offender. The crimes are alleged to have occurred May 27 through June 23, 2020 in Ellis, Kan.

In 2017, he was convicted in Ellis County District Court of sexually exploiting a 14-year-old victim. He is registered on the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website at https://www.nsopw.gov/ .

If convicted, he could face 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 the production charge, and up to 10 years (consecutive) on the other count. The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart is prosecuting.

 

Jorge Aaron Valdez-Torres, 27, Wichita, Kan., is charged with one count of failure to register as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. The crime is alleged to have occurred from May 2018 to July 2020 in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The U.S. Marshals Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart is prosecuting.

         

Christina Cook, 32, Wichita, Kan., is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. The crime is alleged to have occurred Aug. 28, 2020, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, she could face up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ola Odeyemi is prosecuting.

 

Anthony Garcia, 58, Wichita, Kan., is charged with one count of obstructing justice. The crime is alleged to have occurred Aug. 27, 2020, in Wichita, Kan.

The indictment alleges Garcia retaliated against a family member of a witness in an official proceeding.

If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Wichita Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Barnett 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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Updated November 4, 2020