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KC child porn case gains Rhode Island suspect

Updated: 2013-12-11T21:29:27Z

A federal grand jury voted Wednesday to include a Rhode Island man in an existing Kansas City child sex trafficking and child pornography production case.

Thomas O’Brien, 53, of Portsmouth, R.I., joins Michael Dye, 46, of Kansas City, in a case that alleges the men victimized two minor girls between June 15, 2005, and Aug. 18, 2008.

Dye purportedly made more than $200,000 in fees he charged to have others watch the girls perform sexually on webcasts.

O’Brien also is charged with traveling across state lines to allegedly have illegal sex with one of the victims during the summer of 2007.

O’Brien is serving a six-year federal sentence on a related child pornography conviction in Rhode Island in 2011. During interviews in that case, he told investigators how he developed a relationship with a Kansas City girl through an Internet chat room, prosecutors said.

Mark Morris, mmorris@kcstar.com

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