Prior convictions mean life sentence for Wichita man found guilty of child sex crime

WICHITA, Kan. Because of prior convictions, a 30-year-old Wichita man will spend the rest of his life in prison for sexual exploitation of a child.

The Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office say a jury found Tommy Jones guilty on four counts of sexual exploitation of a child "related to incidents that occurred in 2014."

The district attorney's office says evidence showed Jones obtained nude photos from a 16-year-old girl he met playing World of Warcraft online.

"Members of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, as part of the Exploited and Missing Child Unit, were able to locate the images on Jones' phone," the district attorney's office says.

The district attorney's office says law enforcement stopped the 16-year-old girl before she boarded a bus to Wichita to meet Jones.

In 2009, Jones was convicted of rape and aggravated indecent liberties with a child in Sumner County. Because of the prior convictions, under Kansas law, new convictions triggered the "aggravated habitual offender" status which leads to a life sentence without the possibility of parole, the district attorney's office explains.