Kansas man accused of downloading child porn on prison computer

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The Lansing Correctional Facility is seen in this photo taken Saturday, May 23, 2020 in Lansing, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Charlie Riedel AP A Kansas prisoner has taken a plea deal after being charged with downloading child pornography on a prison computer. Grant Nixon, 33, of Lansing, pleaded no contest […]

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The Lansing Correctional Facility is seen in this photo taken Saturday, May 23, 2020 in Lansing, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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A Kansas prisoner has taken a plea deal after being charged with downloading child pornography on a prison computer.

Grant Nixon, 33, of Lansing, pleaded no contest to one count of sexual exploitation of a child, which is a felony, Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson said Monday.

In February 2016, while in prison at the Lansing Correctional Facility, Nixon accessed the internet and downloaded several images of child pornography, Thompson said. Nixon was working an inmate job at the time, which gave him access to a computer.

Maddox is serving time for prior convictions involving children. According to the Kansas Department of Corrections, In 2009 he was sentenced to time in prison for aggravated indecent solicitation of a child, electronic solicitation, sexual exploitation of a child and aggravated criminal sodomy.

“Inmates are in prison for rehabilitation and deter their illegal behavior,” Thompson said in a statement. “Obviously, this was not happening here. We are grateful that this problem was discovered and Lansing Correctional Facility has taken measures to assure it doesn’t happen again.”

Carol Pitts, a spokeswoman with the Kansas Department of Corrections, said that after the incident in February 2016, the prison added additional staff supervision and technology security protocols. These lasted through summer 2017, which is when the data entry project Maddox had been working on came to an end.

The Kansas Department of Corrections did not immediately provide a comment.

Nixon’s sentencing is scheduled for July 23. Until then, he remains incarcerated in prison.

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Anna Spoerre covers breaking news for the Kansas City Star. Before joining The Star, she covered crime and courts for the Des Moines Register. Spoerre is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where she studied journalism.

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