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Roeland Park child porn suspect scheduled to change plea

Updated: 2013-02-11T02:29:39Z

By KAREN DILLON

The Kansas City Star

A Roeland Park man who is accused of chatting online with a Florida man about killing and eating children is scheduled to change his plea in a child pornography case today.

Michael D. Arnett, a former emergency medical technician, is accused of possessing pornography that included images of naked young boys — one in a roaster pan inside an open oven — according to federal court records filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan.

Arnett will appear in court at 1:30 p.m. today. The appearance initially was a motion hearing, but on Thursday District Judge Carlos Murguia rescheduled it as a plea-change hearing.

Arnett initially pleaded not guilty to two charges of possessing child pornography and one count of distributing it.

Arnett was arrested last May after a logo from a Johnson County aquatic center was identified on a water bottle visible in a photograph taken from a computer in Wisconsin. The photo led investigators to a Shawnee Mission elementary school where teachers identified the three children.

The children, now teenagers, identified Arnett, court records said.

Investigators said they searched Arnett’s home and found online graphic conversations that Arnett had with other men in which they discussed killing and eating children. Last summer four other men also were arrested on porn charges.

In late August police arrested Robert Poe III of Kansas City, Kan., who was described in court records as a friend of Arnett’s. Poe was accused of forcing two boys to perform oral sex on him by holding a gun to their heads. Another boy also came forward with similar allegations. Poe is charged with three counts of transporting a minor for the purpose of engaging in a sexual act.

The arrests were part of a child pornography investigation that led to arrests in seven countries, The Associated Press reported.

To reach Karen Dillon, call 816-234-4430 or send email to kdillon@gmail.com.

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