A federal investigation and eventual cooperative effort with local law enforcement has produced the arrest of an Easton man on alleged child porn offenses.

Authorities with the Sheriff’s Office arrested Christopher L. Patrick, 41, on Monday, April 29, on a felony Atchison County District Court warrant for three counts of sexual exploitation of a child, Sheriff Jack Laurie has announced. Atchison Police Chief Mike Wilson confirmed APD assisted with the investigation.

Authorities served a search warrant in November 2018 at an Atchison apartment. APD detectives and federal agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security subsequently presented the investigative file to Atchison County Attorney Sherri Becker, Wilson said. She filed the three counts of exploitation of a child against Patrick.

“We knew he would be located in Leavenworth County, and the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office located and arrested him our warrant on April 28,” Wilson said.

The complaint against Patrick, filed April 25 in district court, alleges he was in possession of visual depictions of a child younger than 18 years of age engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Patrick faces three identical felony counts sexual exploitation of a child. The complaint centers on allegations that Patrick was in possession of the images on Sept. 12, 2017, Sept. 24, 2017 and Nov. 1, 2018 in Atchison County.

Since his arrest, Patrick has made an appearance in district court. He indicated his intent to apply for court-appointed counsel. He remains in the county jail on a $50,000 bond amount. Patrick is scheduled for the 1 p.m. criminal docket Monday, May 6.

Atchison Globe news reports indicate Patrick formerly resided in Atchison when he had a previous run-in with law in connection with obscene language uttered in public during the Amelia Earhart Festival back in 2017. Police arrested Patrick prior to the Concert in the Sky Fireworks on July 15, 2017, in the 400 block of River Road near Independence Park for inappropriate remarks uttered to festival-goers.

Festival attendees alerted police about a man inciting a disturbance. They indicated to police that the man — later identified as Patrick — had shouted vulgar comments in an offensive and belligerent manner. Patrick replied to police with obscene language, according to the news account. Patrick was taken to jail and booked for a misdemeanor crime.

He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct about a week later in district court. Patrick was ordered to pay a $100 fine and $158 in court costs.

Mary Meyers can be reached at mary.meyers@atchisonglobenow.com

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