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WICHITA, Kan.-- The local Exploited and Missing Children Unit investigates a couple of reports a month that involve free online chat sites called Omegle, Tinychat, and Chatroulette.
"They're very similar in their operation," said Sgt. Chester Pinkston with EMCU Internet Crimes Against Children unit. "There are ways for people with ill intent to exploit the usage of these websites. I believe that Omegle had a problem for the last few years where adult material was being transmitted to underage people."
On Thursday, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom's office said an Augusta man was indicted on charges of producing child pornography. The indictment was returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Kan.
Kristopher Keith Sims, 30, of Augusta, was charged with two counts of production of child pornography. The crimes are alleged to have occurred July 20, 2012, and Nov. 5, 2012, in Butler County.
Sims initially was charged in a criminal complaint filed Nov. 15 in U.S. District Court in Wichita. An investigator’s affidavit alleges that a Wichita police detective initiated the investigation after receiving information from Omegle, an online chat service that encourages users to communicate anonymously with strangers. Investigators learned that during a chat on Omegle users exchanged an image of an adult male engaged in sexual activity with a female child who appeared to be under the age of four. They followed an electronic trail to Sims’ home in Augusta. They learned that Sims had used the Internet to pose as a 14-year-old boy in order to contact girls and to entice them to send him photos of themselves engaged in sexual activities.
If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 15 years and not more than 30 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.