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Wasilla Man Sentenced to 50 Years for Child Exploitation Crimes

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Alaska
Defendant Attempted to Meet an 8-year-old Girl for Sex; FBI Agents Were Waiting for Him Instead

Anchorage, Alaska – United States Attorney Bryan Schroder announced today that Justin Raymond Nekeferoff, 32, resident of Wasilla, Alaska, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Timothy M. Burgess, to 50 years in prison, to be followed by a lifetime term of supervised release, for attempted production of child pornography and attempted enticement of a minor.

According to evidence presented at trial, in 2015 a witness told law enforcement that Nekeferoff was expressing a desire to have sex with children as young as four years old.  The witness provided law enforcement officers with multiple text messages from Nekeferoff in which he stated that he liked to look at “lil girls in the stores,” and expressed his desire to perform sex acts with a “young girl” and a girl between the ages of “4-8.”  In another message provided by the witness, the defendant wrote, “I wanna take a girl’s virginity [a]nd ejaculate inside her.”  The witness also told law enforcement that Nekeferoff had spoken frequently about molesting other children, including a five- and 15-year-old girl.

Law enforcement arrested the defendant when he went to a Wasilla motel in order to meet a mother and her eight-year-old daughter for the purpose of having sex with the child.  In truth, the mother was an FBI agent and the child was fictional.  In a statement to police at the time of his arrest, the defendant admitted that he went to the motel to have sex with the fictional mother and her daughter.  The defendant said that he thought about having sex with kids “all the time,” and admitted to having molested other children previously.

At sentencing, Judge Burgess stated that his primary concern was protection of the public from the defendant, who he described as a person who was “compelled and driven to have sex with girls between the ages of 4 and 8.  That is what he wants; that is what he is looking for the opportunity to do.”  Judge Burgess went on to describe the defendant as a “dangerous person, he is a danger to young girls.”  Judge Burgess noted that the defendant was himself the victim of sexual abuse as a child, however, that did not diminish the severity of his conduct or the Court’s desire to “[make] sure our children are protected.”  “He is what he is, and I can’t change it,” said Judge Burgess, “what I can do is make sure children are protected from him.”  

In commenting on the proactive FBI investigation that led to the defendant’s arrest, Judge Burgess stated, “I think it is fortunate he was caught before he had the chance to further victimize young girls.”

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Anchorage Police Department, Crimes Against Children Unit (CACU).  Former Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) Audrey Renschen and AUSA Kyle Reardon prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.  Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices nationwide and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Updated March 29, 2019

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