WICHITA, KAN. A registered sex offender was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Monday for sending obscene material to a minor while he was a patient at Larned State Hospital, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
Christopher M. Case, 34, pleaded guilty to one count of transferring obscene material to a minor. In his plea, he admitted that he resided in the Sexual Predator Treatment Program of Larned State Hospital when he committed the crime. In mid-2011 he obtained access to a smartphone, which he shared with other residents. In December 2011 and January 2012 he learned that another resident of the program was using the smartphone to communicate with a 13-year-old female via email and chat. The girl was in Montana.
On January 16, 2012, Case used the smartphone to send the girl video of himself masturbating.Grissom commended the Wichita Police Department=s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart and Assistant Attorney General Steve Karrer of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office for their work on the case.