An extended investigation, ultimately leading to the arrest last month of a former Atchison resident, uncovered a massive cache of child pornography including violent sexual acts involving children, according to federal authorities.

Special Agent Jonathan C. Polner of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has filed an affidavit of probable cause that led to Christopher Patrick’s arrest on April 29. The 41-year-old is facing three felony counts of sexual exploitation of a child on the basis of possessing pornographic images of children under 18 years of age, according to a criminal complaint.

In his affidavit, Polner describes how the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children provided tips that made their way to the Kansas Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Eventually, authorities determined Patrick to have participated in the circulation of child porn.

According to the affidavit, on Sept. 12, 2017, authorities tracked the uploading of an image of a partially clad child, described by Polner as between the ages of 5 and 7, posing a suggestive manner. Twelve days later, on Sept. 24, 2017, another upload depicted a girl of about 10 years of age engaging in a sexual act with a nude adult male.

Eventually, on Nov. 1, 2018, authorities seized 1,744 pieces of evidence from Patrick’s Atchison residence, including a large number of electronic devices and media items. Some of the media seized include violent sexual depictions of infants and toddlers, according to the affidavit. Agents and detectives with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Western Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force and the Atchison Police Department participated in the seizure in the 1300 block of Locust Drive.

Following the seizure, Patrick relocated to Easton, before his April arrest by Leavenworth County authorities. He remained in jail as of Friday evening pending fulfillment of $50,000 bond agreement. He is scheduled to appear in district court at 1 p.m. Monday, May 20. Rex Lane of Atchison has been appointed to serve as Patrick’s defense counsel.

Mary Meyers can be reached

at mary.meyers@atchisonglobenow.com

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