Sep 17, 2021 10:35 AM

Ellis man sentenced to 480 months for production of child porn

Posted Sep 17, 2021 10:35 AM
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U.S. Attorney's Office — Kansas District

A Kansas man was sentenced to 480 months in prison for child pornography.

In May 2021, Clinton Wade McElroy, 49, of Ellis pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography after a prior conviction.

According to court documents, McElroy admitted that between May 2020 and June 2020, he persuaded an 8-year-old child to produce sexually explicit images and send them to him through an online game and various messaging applications.

The FBI and the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart prosecuted the case.

Project Safe Childhood

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.

For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit For more information about Internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab "resources."