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Used Internet to Entice 11-year-old Girl to Send Nude Photos

July 5, 2006

CARL EDWARD STOKER, Sr., 59, of Silverdale, Washington pleaded guilty in United States District Court in Seattle today to Receipt of Visual Depictions of a Minor Engaging in Sexually Explicit Conduct. The count carries a mandatory five year prison term. STOKER is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Franklin D. Burgess on September 22, 2006.

According to the plea agreement, in 2004, STOKER posed on-line as a 26-year-old college student living in Connecticut named “John Smith.” Using America Online instant messaging he contacted an 11-year-old girl living in Illinois. The two met in a “Christian Chat Room.” After initially discussing the movie “Shrek 2,” STOKER moved the conversation to sex. Ultimately he asked the girl to send him nude photographs of herself. On December 30, 2004 the girl e-mailed STOKER approximately 14 digital photographs of herself, some clothed and some nude. The photographs showed the girl was a minor. STOKER repeatedly asked the child to email additional photographs. The girl’s parents became aware of the photographs and contacted law enforcement.

In the plea agreement, the parties have asked the Court to place STOKER on supervised release for 15 years following his term of imprisonment. STOKER will also be required to register as a sex offender.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and local law enforcement in Illinois.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John J. Lulejian.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110.

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