Edmond Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Producing Child Pornography and Using it to Engage in Sextortion of 14-Year Old Girl
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – CARLOS ALEXANDER DAVILA, 23, of Edmond, was sentenced today by United States District Court Judge David L. Russell to serve 15 years in federal prison for producing child pornography in connection with a sextortion scheme, announced Mark A. Yancey, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.
According to court records and information from court proceedings, Davila sent a Facebook friend request to a 14-year-old Florida girl in March of 2016, after seeing her post a comment that her friend had committed suicide. Davila and the girl began communicating via Facebook and later texted and used the smartphone application Kik. Davila told the girl that he was studying to become a psychologist and he would help her deal with her friend’s suicide. Eventually, Davila asked the girl for nude photos in exchange for his assistance. The girl told Davila that she was only 14, but he said it did not matter. The girl eventually sent Davila nude pictures and videos. The girl reported that Davila became very possessive and threatened to post her nude images online when she tried to end their online relationship. According to text messages described in court records, the girl begged Davila to delete her images, but he said he would "keep every single pic and video" and would "leak everything" about her "to everyone," especially his "hungry friends in need of fresh meat." Davila texted her, saying, "The more you ignore me the more I’ll expose you without a care in the world." He texted that if she did not respond to him in five minutes he would post her nude images—alongside a request that listed her contact information and asked for pictures of men’s penises. Davila then used a spoofing app to send the girl text messages that appeared to be coming from unknown phone numbers, giving her the impression that her images had in fact been posted and that men were contacting her in response to them. The girl reported that Davila also threatened to physically harm her.
Davila’s actions came to light when the girl reported his conduct to a law enforcement officer assigned to her school. Davila was arrested and charged in May of 2016. He pled guilty to producing child pornography on June 19, 2016.
In a victim impact statement, the girl reported that Davila’s actions caused her to have a negative self-image and that she still cries sometimes about her experience with him. She said that Davila’s actions made "the phase of losing someone to suicide" much harder to cope with, and she still has concerns about him harming her.
According to court records, when Edmond Police Department officers examined Davila’s electronic devices, they found child pornography depicting not only the Florida girl, but also other images of child pornography, some depicting children as young as eight or nine years old.
After completion of his 15-year prison term, Davila will have to register as a sex offender and be placed on supervised release by the United States Probation Office for the rest of his life.
This case was being investigated by the Hillsborough County (Florida) Sheriff’s Department and the Edmond Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Hale.