Apr 08, 2021 2:43 AM

Former Ellis Co. Sheriff's Lt. accused of trading child porn

Posted Apr 08, 2021 2:43 AM
Dryden-photo KBI
Dryden-photo KBI

WAKEENEY, Kan. – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) has made an arrest in a child pornography case.

Just after 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, KBI agents served an arrest warrant at 209 N. 4th St. in WaKeeney and arrested Blaine D. Dryden, 62, of WaKeeney, on requested charges of aggravated internet trading of child pornography, and multiple counts of sexual exploitation of a child, according to a media release from the agency. The arrest occurred without incident.

The alleged crimes are suspected to have occurred between November 2019 and June 2020. Dryden was employed as a lieutenant with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office until July 2020. When made aware of the allegations, the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office cooperated fully in the investigation, and immediately placed Dryden on administrative leave.

After his arrest, Dryden was booked into to the Graham County Jail. Bond was set at $750,000.