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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Indictment: Salina Man Produced Child Pornography

WICHITA, KAN. – A federal grand jury returned an indictment here Tuesday charging a Salina man with producing and distributing child pornography, Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.

Michael N. Rodenbeek, 53, Salina, Kan., is charged with three counts of producing child pornography, one count of distributing child pornography, one count of possessing child pornography, and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in June, July, August and September, 2016, in Saline and Sedgwick counties.

A complaint filed in the case alleges a Wichita police detective accessed a file sharing network to download child pornography from Rodenbeek’s computer. Investigators learned that on June 18, 2016, Rodenbeek used an iPhone to record a 9-year-old girl and on July 19, 2016, he used an iPhone to record a 10-year-old girl.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 15 years and not more than 30 years on each count of production, not less than five years and not more than 20 years on the distribution count, up to 20 years on the possession count, and up to 10 years on the firearm charge. The Wichita Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart is prosecuting.

OTHER GRAND JURY INDICTMENTS

Brett Nolan Cico, 31, St. Francis, Kan., is charged with two counts of producing child pornography and two counts of committing a felony involving a minor while registered as a sex offender.

The indictment alleges that on Jan. 15, 2016, he took pictures of a 14-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in Sherman County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 15 years and not more than 30 years on each count of production, and 10 years to be served consecutively on each of the other counts. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations investigated.         Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart is prosecuting.

Kevin Michael Hamill, 28, Wichita, Kan., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The crime is alleged to have occurred Sept. 3, 2016, in Kingman County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 40 years in federal prison and a fine up to $2 million. The Kingman Police Department investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberley Rodebaugh is prosecuting.

James Ray Lawson, 54, Louisville, Ky., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The crime is alleged to have occurred Sept. 15, 2016, in Ellis County, Kan.,

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 10 years and a fine up to $4 million on the methamphetamine count, and up to five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the marijuana count. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberley Rodebaugh is prosecuting.

Arturo Rodriguez-Martinez, 53, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported. He was found Sept. 23, 2016, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

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

Jose Manuel Arriaga-Guillen, 24, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported. He was found Sept. 27, 2016, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

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

Gabriel Lemus-Miranda, 36, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported. He was found Aug. 18, 2016, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a penalty up to two years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations Investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson 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 October 18, 2016