Work by the Kirksville Police Department’s Regional Computer Crimes unit has led to the arrest of a Kansas man who is charged with 42 sex crimes.
Brian Ray Banister of Garden City, Kansas faces 30 counts of sexual exploitation of a child, one count of rape and 11 counts of indecent liberties with a child.
Investigators in Kirksville found an IP address of someone in Garden City sharing child pornography online. They contacted Garden City authorities, who traced the address back to Banister’s workplace, Midwest Hearing Aids.
A computer there was seized and Banister was arrested for the child pornography charges after being questioned by police. Investigators then found a connection between Banister and a separate case involving a 14-year-old Garden City girl.
Interviews with her led to the 11 indecent liberties charges and the rape charge for crimes Banister is accused of committing between March 2011 and May 2012.