Salina Man Facing Federal Child Sex Charge

A Salina man is facing federal charges connected with alleged child sex crimes.

A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Tuesday charging a Salina man with producing and distributing child pornography, Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.

Michael N. Rodenbeek, 53, is charged with three counts of producing child pornography, one count of distributing child pornography, one count of possessing child pornography, and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction.

The crimes are alleged to have occurred in June, July, August and September, 2016, in Saline and Sedgwick counties.

A complaint filed in the case alleges a Wichita police detective accessed a file sharing network to download child pornography from Rodenbeek’s computer. Investigators learned that on June 18, 2016, Rodenbeek used an iPhone to record a 9-year-old girl and on July 19, 2016, he used an iPhone to record a 10-year-old girl.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 15 years and not more than 30 years on each count of production, not less than five years and not more than 20 years on the distribution count, up to 20 years on the possession count, and up to 10 years on the firearm charge. MThe Wichita Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart is prosecuting.