Huber Heights man sentenced to 50 years in prison for child exploitation crimes involving more than 175 victims
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Ohio
DAYTON, Ohio – A Huber Heights, Ohio, man was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 600 months in prison for crimes related to creating hundreds of images and videos of child pornography by victimizing children as young as 6 years old over a 15-year period.
“From California to New York, Texas to Illinois, Washington to Florida, the United Kingdom to Australia, no minors anywhere were safe from Roberts so long as Roberts had access to the Internet. It stops now in the Southern District of Ohio,” said U.S. Attorney Kenneth L. Parker. “Roberts was opportunistic; his victims ranged in age from 6 to 17 years old. They were white, Black, Hispanic and Native American. They were male and female. In all, FBI agents fully identified 57 minors whom Roberts coerced into producing 502 distinct images and videos of child pornography.”
Roberts’ child pornography includes 120 more victims depicted in an additional 216 distinct files who remain unidentified to this day.
According to court documents, beginning in 2007, Roberts exploited young victims online and sexually abused victims in person. Roberts used two schemes to coerce minors into creating child pornography. One scheme was bribing young minors with video game gift cards to online games such as “Fortnite” in exchange for sexually explicit images and videos. The second scheme Roberts used was pretending to be a teenaged girl online to entice and coerce minors to send him sexually explicit images and videos of themselves. He also committed hands-on sexual offenses to at least three minor victims.
For example, between 2007 and 2008, Roberts sexually abused an 11-to-12-year-old boy and took photos of the abuse on a Polaroid camera. Roberts eventually created digital images of the Polaroids and kept the original Polaroids in his home until law enforcement seized them in 2022.
Roberts possessed more than 11,000 child pornography images in total.
Kenneth L. Parker, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; J. William Rivers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division; and Huber Heights Police Chief Mark Lightner announced the sentence imposed today by Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Rose. Assistant United States Attorneys Kelly K. Rossi and Dwight Keller are representing the United States in this case.
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Updated November 8, 2023
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