A federal grand jury has handed down a nine-count indictment against two Parsons residents alleging production and distribution of child pornography.
The two, Dustin Kenneth Strom. 25, and Thommie-Lyn Stansky, 27, have been named in previous indictments. The grand jury indictment was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Wichita and replaced the original charges. Strom and Stansky are in federal custody.
Strom and Stansky are named in two counts together and individually in the others. If convicted, Strom and Stansky face a minimum of 15 years in federal prison on counts one through seven and less time on the remaining two counts.
Counts one and two allege Strom and Stansky conspired to commit exploitation of a child by production of child pornography between Feb. 1 and Aug. 23. These counts allege the two conspired to use two minor children on separate occasions to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of this conduct, knowing this material would be shared.
Counts three, four and five also allege sexual exploitation of a child by production of child pornography. The counts allege that on three occasions between Feb. 1 and Aug. 23 Strom used one child twice and the second child once to engage in sexually explicit conduct to produce a visual depiction of this conduct, knowing this material would be shared.
Counts six and seven allege sexual exploitation of a child by production of child pornography by Stansky on two occasions between Feb. 1 and Aug. 23. The counts allege that Stansky used both the children separately to engage in sexually explicit conduct to produce a visual depiction of this conduct, knowing this material would be shared.
Count eight alleges distribution of child pornography. The indictment says Strom distributed the material on Aug. 23.
Count nine alleges possession of child pornography. The indictment says Stansky possessed and accessed with intent to view any computer disk or other device that contained an image of child pornography on Aug. 23. The material depicted a prepubescent minor who had not attained 12 years of age, the indictment alleges.
Court dates for Strom and Stansky were unavailable.
Authorities arrested Strom on Aug. 23 while he was on a truck route in Platte County, Missouri. Authorities arrested Stansky in Parsons on Aug. 30.
Aug. 23 is also the day that federal agents served a search warrant on Strom’s house in Parsons in the 1500 block of South 15th Street.
According to an affidavit filed with the original Strom indictment, the Kansas Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received a tip from Kik through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The tip related to a user, “dustymuffin12,” later identified as Strom, who had been uploading child pornography to Kik’s servers in the process of sending the material to another user.
Kik is also a mobile messaging application.
The Gmail address on the Kik account was tied to additional tips, including one from Snapchat for conduct on July 1. Snapchat identified “dustmuffin96” as having uploaded a file of a 41-second video of a girl, about age 6, engaged in a sex act with an adult male. The investigation into the Gmail account led investigators to Strom in Parsons, the affidavit said.
During the search warrant in Parsons, a cohabitant in the house confirmed that it appeared one of the photos depicting pornography had been taken in a bedroom of the home. The cohabitant confirmed that Strom regularly used the nickname “Dusty Muffin” or variations of that on other applications and video games, the affidavit said. The cohabitant also confirmed that Strom was home on July 1 and that he used a Samsung phone to access the internet, the affidavit said.
The affidavit filed with Stansky’s case detailed her alleged involvement in these illicit acts with children as well.
Another Southeast Kansas resident, Ivy M. Pierce-Duvall, 21, is charged in Labette County District Court with aggravated criminal sodomy, a charge linked to the federal investigation but filed in state court. This is an off-grid crime that upon conviction could lead to life in prison, requiring a defendant to serve at least 25 years before parole could be considered. She is also charged with a mid-level felony, sexual exploitation of a child. The complaint alleges the crimes happened between May 1 and July 31.
Pierce-Duvall returns to court on Sept. 17.