Courts: Sex crime suspect was robbery victim

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By Shane Farley
September 12, 2013 - 1:16:16 pm

Evidence collected during an investigation into an armed robbery this spring eventually led to the sexual exploitation of a child charge against the victim of the robbery - 51-year-old Kevin Bryce.

NewsCow reported in August that Bryce was arrested on a warrant charging him with exploitation. He posted $10,000 bond and was released.

On March 27, Bryce called 911 in the early-morning hours to report he had been robbed at gunpoint by two men. He was delivering papers for the Winfield Courier, according to NewsCow reports at the time of the incident.

The suspects took Bryce’s wallet and cell phone.

During the course of the investigation, Bryce’s phone was recovered and authorities asked to search it to see if the suspects had made any calls on the victim’s phone.

That led, according to information available through the courts, to the discovery of what was said to be child pornography stored on the phone.

“We found that, and it’s not something that would have been put there by the (robbery) suspects,” county attorney Chris Smith said. “And that’s what led to this charge.”

Bryce is a previously convicted felon and registered sex offender, according to information available through the Cowley County Sheriff’s office. In 1994, he was convicted of a person felony involving a deadly weapon.

Bryce is due back in court at 9 a.m. Sept. 26 in the Ark City courtroom of Judge Jim Pringle. Winfield Judge Nick St. Peter has recused himself from this case and thus it was moved to Ark City.

The charge against Bryce is a felony.

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