(WIBW) - An Olathe man is accused of producing child pornography.
41-year old Larry L. Howard is charged with one count of producing child pornography, one count of distributing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in October and November 2009 and March 2010 in Johnson County, Kan.
Howard initially was charged in a criminal complaint filed March 18, 2010, in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan. The complaint alleged Howard took pornographic photos of a 2-year-old girl, which he traded over the Internet for more child pornography.
The complaint said the investigation began Sept. 1, 2009, when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (www.missingkids.com ) received a tip that a man in Australia had uploaded child pornography to the Flickr.com website. The Australian Capital Territory Police identified an Australian man as the user who posted the photos and filed child! pornography charges against him. Investigators learned the Australian man had been producing child pornography and swapping files over the Internet with other producers of child pornography around the globe. Among his contacts was an American who went by the Internet alias Blyndman68. Australian Federal Police shared the information with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Cyber Crimes investigators, who followed Blyndman68's electronic trail to Olathe, Kan.
On March 18, 2010, agents of ICE, the Olathe Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service served a search warrant at Howard’s home, resulting in his arrest.
If convicted, Howard faces a penalty of not less than 15 years and not more than 30 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of producing child pornography, not less than five years and not more than 20 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the count of distributing child pornography, and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the possession charge.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Olathe Police Department, the U.S. Marshals Service and Australian Federal Police investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Martin is prosecuting. This case is being prosecuted as part of the Justice Department’s Project Safe Childhood.