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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Georgia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 28, 2015

Americus Man Sentenced To 210 Months For Producing Child Pornography

Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia announced that Douglas Roseth, 23, of Americus, Georgia was sentenced to 210 months in prison by the Honorable Clay D. Land, Chief U.S. District Court Judge, on May 28, 2015 in Columbus, Georgia.  Mr. Roseth will also be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison and be on lifetime supervision.

On January 20, 2015, Mr. Roseth entered a plea of guilty to production of child pornography admitting that he posed as a teenage girl on social media chats and enticed young boys to masturbate and expose themselves to him.  Sexually explicit screenshots of these chats were found by the United States Secret Service after they assumed the investigation and forensically examined Mr. Roseth’s computers. Secret Service agents were able to track down several of the boys who identified sexually explicit screen shots of themselves that had been taken during social media chats. Each boy stated they had been enticed to do so by what they presumed to be a teenage girl while on a social media site.          

“The actions for which Mr. Roseth stands convicted are those of a sexual predator,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Moore. “The sentence imposed today ensures that he will not be victimizing our youth in such a fashion for the next 17 ½ years.  I appreciate the fine work of our law enforcement partners in bringing Mr. Roseth to justice.”

"The United States Secret Service and our law enforcement partners strive to stay ahead of the new challenges of criminals using digital technology to exploit our citizens. Today’s sentence should serve as a reminder that cyber criminals are criminals nonetheless and they will not get away with taking advantage of unsuspecting victims without bearing the consequences,” said Reginald G. Moore, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service, Atlanta Field Office.

The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service, as well as the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Columbus Police Department, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  Assistant United States Attorney Crawford L. Seals prosecuted the case for the Government.

Questions concerning this case should be directed to Pamela Lightsey, Public Information Officer, United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 621-2603.

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Updated May 28, 2015