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Former Vancouver, Washington man sentenced to 21 years in prison for producing images of child sexual abuse

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington
Defendant sentenced in state court for sexual abuse of infant

Seattle – A 24-year-old former Vancouver, Washington man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 21 years in prison for producing images of child sexual abuse, announced U.S. Attorney Nick Brown. Kaleb Michael Scott has already been sentenced to 20 years in prison in Clark County Superior Court. The sentences will run concurrently. Scott will be required to register as a sex offender when released from prison. Chief U.S. District Judge David G. Estudillo ordered him to be on lifetime supervised release following his prison sentence.

According to records filed in the case, Scott was trusted with the care of an infant in 2021. An investigation revealed that a snapchat user had uploaded images of child molestation. The snapchat account was linked to Scott. By the time the images were traced to Scott, he had relocated to Utah, but had left his phone with relatives in Vancouver. A forensic examination of the phone revealed 34 images of sexual abuse of an infant, and Google search terms related to images of child sexual abuse.

In asking for the 20-year sentence, Assistant United States Attorney Hillary Stuart wrote to the court, “As a trusted caregiver, the defendant horrifically abused his position and preyed upon the infant. Not only did he abuse the infant, he disseminated images of the abuse on the internet, where it will live forever. Further, he detailed his abuse in online chats, discussing details of the pain and suffering of a small, helpless, innocent.”

At the sentencing hearing Chief Judge Estudillo said Scott’s conduct was not only “despicable, it was calculated… He used his personal relationships to foster trust to gain access to particularly vulnerable victims, all exacerbated by having recorded his conduct, sharing images and going so far as to brag about what he was doing.”

The case was investigated by Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit of the Vancouver Police Department.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Hillary Stuart.

Contact

Press contact for the U.S. Attorney’s Office is Communications Director Emily Langlie at (206) 553-4110 or Emily.Langlie@usdoj.gov.

Updated February 10, 2023

Topic
Project Safe Childhood