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District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 9, 2016

Man Arrested At Nudist Park in Kansas Charged In Boston with Child Porn

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – An Olathe man arrested at a nudist park near Leavenworth appeared in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., Monday on child pornography charges.

Christopher Jon Saemisch, 58, Olathe, Kan., is charged in federal court in Boston with one count of distributing child pornography. He was arrested May 6 at the Gaea Retreat Center near Leavenworth, Kan.

A criminal complaint and affidavit filed in federal court in Boston alleges Saemisch, who is a registered sex offender, used the Internet to distribute child pornography to an inmate in the federal Bureau of Prisons’ custody at FMC-Devans in Ayer, Mass. The inmate has been incarcerated since 1977 following convictions for child exploitation offenses.

The affidavit alleges that in emails to the inmate Saemisch said he was collecting child pornography and wanted to travel to Europe to have sex with children. The affidavit alleges Saemisch used code words in his communication including “antiques” for child pornography and “puppies” for children.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000. The Department of Homeland Security investigated. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts 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 May 9, 2016