South Carolina Man Pleads Guilty to Using Fake Facebook Profiles to Meet and Then Attempt to Coerce Six Colorado Girls Into Taking and Sending Him Explicit Photographs
DENVER – Christopher George White, age 37, of McCormick, South Carolina, pled guilty yesterday before U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson to six counts of coercion and enticement of a minor, Acting U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge David Thompson announced. White, who is in custody, is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Jackson on December 14, 2016. White’s crimes included using social media, text, and telephone calls to meet, entice, and then threaten minors into taking off clothing or committing sex acts for his own personal pleasure.
According to the stipulated facts contained in the plea agreement, between June 30, 2014 and August 4, 2014 White, targeted child victims ranging from 13 to 14 years of age by using Facebook profiles “Kent Noelle” and “Glenn Black.” White claimed to be a teenage boy while he was truly a 35-year-old man and previously convicted sex offender. He used those profiles and the telephone number 864-602-1614 to correspond with minor girls, including the six minor girls from Colorado. After first befriending them online, and then texting and even talking with the minors by phone, the defendant then began to use harassment, threats of physical harm, and threats to post sexually-explicit photographs of the children or their friends on social media, coercing and attempting to coerce minors to produce and send him child pornography of themselves.
White faces not less than 10 years, and up to life in federal prison, as well as up to a $250,000 fine for each of the six counts of coercion and enticement of a minor. He will also be required to register as a sex offender once released from prison.
It is possible that there are more minor victims of White. If you believe you or your child has been victimized by White via Facebook profiles of “Kent Noelle” and “Glenn Black” please call HSI toll free at 866-347-2423.
This case was investigated by HSI and the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.
White is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys David Tonini and Gregory Holloway.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, 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 www.justice.gov/psc.