Severn Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Coercion and Enticement of a Minor to Engage in Illegal Sexual Activity
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis sentenced Adrian Nathaniel Haynes, age 24, of Oxon Hill, Maryland, to 25 years in federal prison, followed by 25 years supervised release, for production of child pornography. Judge Xinis also ordered that, upon his release from prison, Haynes must register as a sex offender in the places where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Sobocinski of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; and Chief Malik Aziz of the Prince George’s County Police Department.
According to court documents and information presented at the sentencing hearing, on April 1, 2019, Victim 1 contacted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (“NCMEC”) and reported that an Instagram user with the username “darealrico_”, later identified as Haynes, had demanded that Victim 1 send images and videos of Victim 1 engaged in sexually explicit conduct to him over the internet via direct share to darealrico_. Victim 1 also disclosed that darealrico_ threatened Victim 1 that if Victim 1 did not continue to produce images of Victim 1 engaged in sexually explicit conduct, darealrico_ would expose Victim 1 by publishing the previously produced images and videos online.
Special Agents with the FBI determined that the darealrico_ Instagram account was registered on November 6, 2018, with a phone number matching a phone number that Haynes had provided to law enforcement previously. Law enforcement also determined that many of the communications from this account during the relevant period were coming from Haynes’ residence in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
A search warrant was obtained for the contents of the Instagram account associated with darealrico_. Special Agents with the FBI discovered communications from Haynes to Victim 1 on November 12, 2018, and multiple other dates, in which Haynes directs Victim 1 to produce videos of Victim 1 engaged in sexually explicit conduct and send the produced child sexual abuse material to Haynes. On November 12, 2018, while communicating via the derealrico_ account, Haynes falsely denied to Victim 1 that his name was Adrian, falsely told Victim 1 that he was 15 years old, and falsely identified himself to Victim 1 by using a fictitious name, all in an effort to convince Victim 1 to continue producing child pornography and thwart Victim 1’s efforts to identify him.
Law enforcement’s review of Haynes’s Instagram account revealed communications with 16 other Instagram users who self-identified as minors and sent child sexual abuse material to Haynes pursuant to his request. Haynes used a similar method for each, asking the user how old they were, confirming that they were a minor, then coercing the user into producing child sexual abuse material in the manner requested by Haynes.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc. For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.justice.gov/psc and click on the “Resources” tab on the left of the page.
United States Attorney Erek L. Barron commended the FBI and the Prince George’s County Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Barron thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Hagan, who prosecuted the federal case.
For more information on the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office, its priorities, and resources available to help the community, please visit www.justice.gov/usao-md/project-safe-childhood and https://www.justice.gov/usao-md/community-outreach.
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