Wichita Man Sentenced to 135 Months for Child Porn

WICHITA, KAN. –Thomas Schindler, 69, of Wichita was sentenced to 135 months years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of Possession of Child Pornography.

According to court documents, detectives with the Kansas Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted an undercover operation on a peer-to peer file sharing network called BitTorrent. During the investigation, law enforcement identified Schindler as a network user in possession of child pornography. Detectives went to Schindler’s home, where he admitted accessing and using the BitTorrent network to obtain child pornography. A subsequent seizure of his computers revealed pornographic images of prepubescent girls. 

The Kansas Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart prosecuted the case.

Project Safe Childhood
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc . For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”

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