Wichita man indicted for transporting child pornography

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Wichita, Kan. -- A Wichita truck driver has been indicted in federal court for transporting child pornography across state lines.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 40-year-old Joshua Davide Bellah is charged with one count of interstate transportation of child pornography. The crime is alleged to have occurred Oct. 11, 2013, when he drove from Oklahoma to Kansas with two laptop computers containing child pornography.

An affidavitt says the investigation began when Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Dallas Police Department, the FBI and HSI. Investigators learned that Bellah had created various email accounts using free services including Yahoo.

He used one or more email accounts to exchange and distribute child pornography for a brief time before abandoning the accounts and creating a new one for the same purpose.

On Oct. 11, investigators executed a search warrant at his home and seized three laptops, a smartphone, two USB drives and several disks. They found child pornography depicting victims who appeared to be as young as five years old.

If convicted, Bellah faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations investigated.

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