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January 20, 2015Wichita, KS, United StatesChild Exploitation

Kansas man sentenced to nearly 14 years in federal prison for distributing child pornography to young boys

WICHITA, Kan. — A south central Kansas man was sentenced in federal court Wednesday to nearly 14 years in federal prison for sending child pornography to young boys via the Internet.

This sentence resulted from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Wichita Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, the Wichita Police Department, and the Sedgwick County (Kansas) Sheriff’s Department.

Kyle B. Rains, 31, of Park City, Kansas, was sentenced to 165 months in prison following his conviction on one count of distributing child pornography.

The investigation began in February 2014, when Omegle, an Oregon-based Internet video chat service detected child pornography videos being streamed from Rains’ Internet Protocol address. Omegle notified the CyberTipline of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which forwarded the information to the Kansas ICAC Task Force. Investigators followed the electronic trail to Rains’ residence in Kansas.

Investigators determined that Rains broadcasted a video of a toddler being sexually assaulted. Using the Omegle service, Rains was able to select recipients to receive the videos, and targeted the video to young boys.

There is no parole in the federal prison system.

This investigation was conducted under HSI's Operation Predator, an international initiative to protect children from sexual predators. Since the launch of Operation Predator in 2003, HSI has arrested more than 12,000 individuals for crimes against children, including the production and distribution of online child pornography, traveling overseas for sex with minors, and sex trafficking of children. In fiscal year 2014, more than 2,000 individuals were arrested by HSI special agents under this initiative.

HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.

For additional information about wanted suspected child predators, download HSI's Operation Predator smartphone app or visit the online suspect alerts page.

HSI is a founding member and current chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.

Updated: 03/06/2015