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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 5, 2015

Wichita Man Sentenced to 10+ Years For Distributing Child Porn

WICHITA, KAN. – A Wichita man was sentenced Friday to 130 months in federal prison for distributing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Earnest Bland, 50, Wichita, pleaded guilty to one count of distributing child pornography. In his plea, he admitted that in May 2014 he used a computer to access a peer-to-peer file sharing network. He shared images of child pornography that were available to other users on the Internet. Some of the child victims in the photos were under 10 years of age. A detective with the Wichita Police Department Force downloaded the files from Bland’s computer.

Grissom commended the Wichita Police Department, the Kansas Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart for their work on the case.

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Updated June 5, 2015