EVANSVILLE – Christopher J. McGee, 45, of Evansville, was sentenced today to twenty-four years in federal prison for production and attempted production of sexually explicit material involving minors.
According to court documents, on July 12, 2021, McGee persuaded a 15-year-old minor female to produce sexually explicit images of herself and send the images to McGee.
On July 15, 2021, McGee communicated with the minor female through Skype text messaging and image transmissions. These communications included discussions about ongoing sexual activity and sending nude images to McGee. A witness picked up McGee’s cell phone and observed a chat session between the minor and McGee in which it was apparent that they were discussing sexual acts they had participated in with each other. The witness confronted the McGee and contacted the Evansville Police Department. McGee left his residence before police arrived and McGee destroyed and discarded his cell phone.
Investigators discovered that McGee had been engaging in sex acts with the minor and that the minor was providing McGee with nude images of herself. The minor’s cell phone was secured and examined by law enforcement officials, which resulted in the recovery of the text messages between the minor and McGee. Throughout the text messages, McGee persuades the minor to take nude photos of herself and send them to him.
Zachary A. Myers, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana and FBI Indianapolis Special Agent in Charge Herbert J. Stapleton made the announcement.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Evansville Police Department investigated the case. The Vanderburgh County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office also provided valuable assistance. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young following McGee’s guilty plea. As part of the sentence, Judge Young ordered that McGee be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for life following his release from prison. McGee must also register as a sex offender wherever he lives, works, or goes to school, as required by law.
U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd S. Shellenbarger who prosecuted this case.
In fiscal year 2019, the most recent year for which data is available, the Southern District of Indiana was second out of the 94 federal districts in the country for the number of child sexual exploitation cases prosecuted.
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 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc