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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A 69-year-old Lenexa, Kan., man is facing federal charges for allegedly possessing and distributing child pornography.

Court documents show the FBI’s investigation into Frank Kurtz’s conduct dates back to April 2014.

Fast-forward two years, and a Grand Jury indicted Kurtz earlier in May for allegedly possessing and distributing “images and videos with visual depictions of an actual minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.”

Court documents allege those images were “shipped and transported in interstate and foreign commerce by any means, including by computer.”

Kurtz’s neighbors on Westgate Street in Lenexa were shocked – telling FOX 4 they never would've suspected Kurtz would be accused in a child porn investigation.

“I can’t believe it,” said Robert Arnold, who lives across the street. “And that something like that is happening in our neighborhood and the guy, as old as he is, it just doesn`t make sense.”

Other neighbors, who declined an on-camera interview, told FOX 4 they didn’t believe the accusations, saying Kurtz was “innocent until proven guilty.”

“I just hope and pray that it’s not true, for his sake and for our sake here,” Arnold said.

However, Arnold remembered two years ago when he saw law enforcement officers pay a visit to Kurtz's home.

“There were about six-to-eight cars of FBI agents,” he said, “and I think two police cars. And they were going in and out of the house and it looked like they were carrying something out and it looked to me like a computer.”

That timeline matches up with the dates listed on Kurtz’s Grand Jury indictment documents.

“That is just sick,” Arnold said. “I mean, very sick. I just, I think adult pornography is bad enough, but child pornography, I can’t see how anyone would get off on something like that.”

Kurtz' wife had less to say when FOX 4 stopped by and asked for comment. She shut the door without saying a word.

But Arnold thinks the impact of these allegations – true or false – will be far-reaching.

“It`s terrible,” he said. “It will have a huge effect on everyone who lives in this neighborhood. Like I said, we’re all very close.”

Kurtz made his first court appearance Monday, where he pleaded "not guilty" to the charges against him.

A judge on Monday approved an order setting conditions of Kurtz’s release. Those conditions say he must remain in the metro area and shall have no unsupervised contact with children. He must also comply with any sex offender registration requirements.

He remained in the custody of U.S. Marshals “until probation receives the necessary equipment for monitoring.”