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October 29, 2014

Federal Indictment: Lawrence Man Distributed Child Pornography

KANSAS CITY, KS—A Lawrence, Kan., man was indicted Wednesday on a federal charge of distributing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Tyler B. Padden, 33, Lawrence, Kan., was charged with one count of distributing child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. The crimes are alleged to have occurred on May 1 and May 2, 2013, in Douglas County, Kan.

The indictment alleges he used peer-to-peer software and a computer connected to the Internet to distribute child pornography.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 20 years on the distribution charge, and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the possession charge.

The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Martin is prosecuting.

Other Indictments

Paxton L. Graves, 25, is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred Oct. 16, 2014, in Mission, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Kansas City, Kan., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Zabel is prosecuting.

Stephen Loren Clark, 42, is charged with one count of failing to register as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. The indictment alleges that he traveled to Kansas where he did not register. The indictment alleges he had been convicted in St. Charles County, Mo., on a charge of rape.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The U.S. Marshal Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Martin is prosecuting.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.

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