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Press Release

Richmond Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Sex with Minor

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

RICHMOND, Va. – Stephen T. Callis, 47, of Richmond, was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for enticement of a minor, and sex trafficking of children.  Callis was also ordered to serve five years of supervised release and to register as a sex offender upon release from prison.

Callis pleaded guilty on March 3.  According to a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Callis admitted that he posed online via KIK Messenger as a 15-year-old girl, “Kayla,” in order to initiate communication with the juvenile victim.  Posing as “Kayla” on KIK Messenger, Callis discussed engaging in prostitution with older men with the juvenile victim, and said that “Kayla” would introduce the juvenile to older men for the purpose of prostitution.  Callis then used the “Kayla” persona to introduce the juvenile to “Mark,” another alias Callis used online.

According to court documents, Callis and the juvenile then engaged in sexual conversations via KIK Messenger.  The juvenile and Callis arranged to meet for the first time in approximately November 2014.  Callis rented a hotel room for their first meeting and paid the juvenile $60 for sexual services.  Callis and the juvenile engaged in sex acts in a hotel room approximately seven times, and Callis paid the juvenile for sexual acts on approximately five of those occasions.  Callis was aware that the juvenile was a minor, and he picked the juvenile up from high school several times.  Throughout this time, Callis and the juvenile continued to engage in sexual conversations via KIK Messenger, and the juvenile sent Callis naked pictures via KIK Messenger. 

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Adam S. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Division, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather L. Hart prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 3:16-cr-003.

Updated June 20, 2016

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