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

November 3, 2006

CARL EDWARD STOKER, Sr., 59, of Portsmouth, Rhode Island was sentenced today in United States District Court in Tacoma to 5 years in prison and 15 years of supervised release for Receipt of Visual Depictions of a Minor Engaging in Sexually Explicit Conduct. Judge Franklin D. Burgess imposed the sentence.

STOKER pleaded guilty July 5, 2006. According to the plea agreement, in 2004, STOKER, who then resided in Silverdale, Washington, posed on-line as a 26-year-old college student living in Connecticut named “John Smith.” Using an on-line 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.

According to court records, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent then posed as the girl on-line. STOKER continued to have explicit sexual conversations with the person he believed to be an 11-years-old girl. After STOKER expressed a desire to meet the girl, ICE agents obtained a search warrant for his computer. During the search STOKER told agents he met girls, including the 11-year-old, on-line and convinced as many as four per month to send him explicit photographs. Stoker indicated he sometimes passed these photographs on to others.

In addition to the 15 years term of supervised release following prison, STOKER will be required to register as a sex offender. In his sentencing memorandum to the Court, Assistant United States Attorney John J. Lulejian explained why the sentence struck an appropriate balance: “The sentence adequately punishes Stoker for engaging in this despicable and criminal conduct. The sentence, especially the fifteen years of supervised release, protects the public from Stoker again sexually exploiting children during most, if not all, of the remainder of his life.”

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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