Abilene Men Receive Hefty Federal Prison Sentences for Sexual Exploiting a 12-Year-Old Female
ABILENE, Texas — Two Abilene, Texas, men, who each pleaded guilty in February 2017 to one count of sexual exploitation of a child, were sentenced today to hefty federal prison sentences, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.
Terrell Orlando Kinchen, 20, and Troy Lee Applin, Jr., 23, were both sentenced by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor to 240 months each in federal prison.
“What these men did to this 12-year old girl is shocking and despicable,” said U.S. Attorney Parker. “The total depravity displayed by these defendants justifies these sentences.”
According to plea documents filed in the case, between January 1, 2016, and July 7, 2016, Kinchen knowingly employed, used, persuaded, induced, enticed, and coerced, a 12-year-old female, Jane Doe 1, to engage in sexually explicit conduct. Kinchen did so for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct to mail, ship, or transport to others.
Kinchen and Applin met at Kinchen’s apartment. After arriving at the apartment, Applin used an Apple iPhone, to produce a video of “Jane Doe 1” engaging in sexual explicit conduct with Kinchen. Applin also used the cellular telephone to make a video recording of “Jane Doe 1” engaging in sexual explicit conduct with him in the bathroom of the apartment. After the videos were recorded, they were transmitted over the internet by Snapchat and Facebook. “Jane Doe 1” was twelve years of age at the time.
The cases were brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals, who sexually exploit children, and identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/. For more information about internet safety education, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/ and click on the tab “resources.”
The U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Abilene Police Department and Traffick911 investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Juanita Fielden was in charge of the prosecutions.
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