KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two Kansas City-area men facing child pornography charges pleaded guilty Wednesday, according to U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas Stephen McAllister’s office.
Alan Noltensmeyer, 46, of Overland Park, and William Lockwood, 41, of Pleasant Valley, both entered guilty pleas in federal court to possessing child pornography.
The FBI became aware of Noltensmeyer as part of an investigation into “how people were using software designed to provide anonymity for obtaining and trading child pornography,” according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
After identifying Noltensmeyer’s IP address, authorities found more than 2,400 images and 152 videos of child pornography on computer drives and digital media.
Lockwood, who has a prior conviction in Florida for child sexual exploitation, was accused of uploading child pornography through his Dropbox account.
Dropbox sent a tip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which led to an investigation.
As part of his plea, Lockwood admitted to uploading the child pornography and providing access to others. A total of 26 child sex videos were seized.
Both men will be sentenced Dec. 3.
Noltensmeyer faces at least five years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000, while Lockwood is expected to receive a 12-year sentence as part of his plea deal.
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