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December 8, 2022Wichita, KS, United StatesChild Exploitation

Kansas man sentenced for child exploitation conspiracy following HSI, joint law enforcement partner investigation

WICHITA, Kan. — A Kansas man was sentenced to more than 28 years in prison for conspiracy to commit sexual exploitation of a child (production of child pornography) following a joint investigation between Homeland Security Investigations, commonly called HSI, and the Kansas Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

According to court documents, Dillon Everman, 30, of Parsons, Kansas, admitted in his guilty plea that he encouraged his 26-year-old co-defendant, Dustin Strom, to sexually abuse two young children and send him images of the abuse. Everman then saved the images and created a shareable link that he made available to Strom and others.

In October, a judge sentenced Strom, also of Parsons, to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit sexual exploitation of a child (production of child pornography).

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Molly Gordon and Jason Hart prosecuted the case.

Learn more about HSI’s mission to combat child exploitation in your community on Twitter @HSIKansasCity.

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.

Homeland Security Investigations

HSI is the principal investigative arm of DHS, responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel, and finance move. HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 6,800 special agents assigned to 225 cities throughout the United States, and 93 overseas locations in 56 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’ largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

Updated: 12/08/2022