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U.S. attorney charges 15 Kansans in child pornography cases

Date: November 19, 2004
Source: Kanzas City Star
By: Robert A. Cronkleton and Mark Morris

The U.S. attorney in Kansas on Thursday announced indictments against 15 Kansas residents, including five in the Kansas City area, for receiving or distributing child pornography.

In addition, an Arizona man was accused of traveling to Kansas to have sex with what he thought was a 13-year-old girl, and a California, Mo., man was indicted in federal court in Kansas City for allegedly producing child pornography. All of the cases are unrelated.

“We can only hint at the despicable, repulsive images in which children, many of whom have not reached the age of puberty, have been used for the sexual pleasure of adults,” U.S. Attorney Eric Melgren said in a statement about the Kansas cases.

Those charged locally are:

Charles Collins, 34, of Olathe, accused of possessing more than 600 images of child pornography on his computer, including sexually explicit images of prepubescent minors.

Delbert M. Cox, 56, of Olathe, accused of possessing more than 600 images of child pornography on his computer, including sexually explicit images of a prepubescent minor or a minor under 12 years old.

William Schaefer, 37, of Kansas City, Kan., accused of possessing more than 600 child pornography images on a computer, including images of prepubescent minors or minors under the age of 12.

Christopher Strauss, 33, of Kansas City, Kan., accused of possessing images of child pornography on a computer, including images of prepubescent minors or minors under the age of 12 and images portraying sadistic or masochistic conduct or other depictions of violence.

Dennis Webb, 44, of Merriam, accused of possessing more than 600 pornographic images of children and receiving and distributing computer images of child pornography. These included images of a prepubescent minor or a minor under 12.

In Kansas City federal court, Lary Lee Petty Jr. of California, Mo., was charged Thursday with a count that alleges he forced a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct in order to produce child porn for Internet distribution between January and November 2003.

Petty, 31, already had been charged in April with advertising, transporting, receiving and possessing child pornography.

According to the latest indictment, the conduct involved at least 600 images, including one image of a child under the age of 12. Because he has three prior state convictions, Petty faces a mandatory sentence of 35 years in prison, with a maximum of life, if convicted.

In 1994, Petty was convicted in Moniteau County of raping a 14-year-old and sexually assaulting a 15-year-old. Petty also has a felony conviction for possession with intent to create a controlled substance in Moniteau County.


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