Baldwin City police arrest Topeka man on sex charges
Baldwin City police arrested a 47-year-old Topeka man Thursday morning on charges of sexual exploitation of a child and promoting obscenity, said Police Chief Mike McKenna.
The man was arrested around 10 a.m. at his Topeka home and was taken to Douglas County Jail. McKenna said several computers were also taken into custody from the man’s home. He said the alleged crimes involved a teenage girl in Baldwin City, but declined to identify her further.
“We believe this man had been using coercion against the teenager to take nude photos and send them to him,” said McKenna.
He said currently the man is charged with six counts of sexual exploitation of a child and one count of promoting obscenity. He said it would be up to the district attorneys in Douglas and Shawnee counties regarding additional charges.
“It’s a very complex case and it involves child pornography,” said McKenna. “That’s about all I can say about it right now.”
He said his officers had been working on the case for a while.
“We’ve been working on the case for several weeks involving a young Baldwin girl,” he said. “We obtained search warrants for the girl’s house here in Baldwin, as well as a house in Topeka.”
McKenna said Baldwin police worked in conjunction with the Topeka Police Department to make the arrest.
“We made the arrest,” he said. “Detectives with the Topeka Police Department helped us serve the search warrant and the gathering of evidence.”
McKenna said the man was to make his first appearance in Douglas County District Court Friday afternoon. It is Signal policy not to name the suspect in sex crime stories unless there is a conviction.
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