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Southgate Man Sentenced To 15 Years For Exploiting Teen Girl

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Michigan

DETROIT - A Southgate resident was sentenced to 15 years for sexually exploiting a child, coercion and enticement of a minor, and receipt of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Dawn N. Ison.

Ison was joined in the announcement by acting Special Agent in Charge Shawn Gibson, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Detroit field office.

Nopphadon Ninsawat, 32, was convicted on November 28, 2023, following a 4-day jury trial before United States District Judge David M. Lawson.

Ninsawat met the 15-year-old victim on Snapchat. After they communicated for some time, the victim’s mother discovered the communications, contacted the defendant, and told him that her daughter was 15-years old. The defendant agreed not to have further contact with her. Instead, the defendant resumed requesting that the child produce sexually explicit images, even though she indicated that she no longer wanted to do so. The defendant persisted, and the victim eventually produced numerous images of herself engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

“This sentence will hopefully bring some closure to the victim of this defendant’s offenses and serve as warning to those who would seek to exploit the children of this District.” stated United States Attorney.

“The communities we serve can sleep easier knowing that predators like Ninsawat are off our streets,” said HSI Detroit acting Special Agent in Charge Shawn Gibson. "HSI along with our partners will continue to aggressively investigate and root out child exploitation wherever it may be.”

The crime was originally investigated by the Gibraltar Police Department, who then enlisted the assistance of the Department of Homeland Security. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Tara Hindelang and Christopher Rawsthorne.

Updated March 14, 2024

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