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Ohio man sentenced for soliciting Colorado girl

HUBBARD, Ohio — An Ohio man was sentenced to federal prison on Wednesday after impermissible contact with a Colorado girl.

Rande Brian Isabella, 60, of Hubbard, Ohio, was sentenced to 18 years in federal prison followed by 20 years on supervised release.

The sentence was handed down after he was found guilty for one count of coercion and enticement of a minor, and one count of attempted production of child pornography.

According to statements made at trial, Isabella contacted a 14-year-old Colorado girl multiple times between September and December 2013, soliciting the girl for lewd photos and participating in inappropriate sexual conversations.

Isabella lied about his age to the girl, called himself her boyfriend and asked her to stay with him if he ever traveled to Colorado.

The girl and Isabella exchanged pornographic photos.

Isabella’s activity with the girl was discovered when the teen’s mother found the girl’s phone and read the conversations.

Federal agents seized Isabella’s phone and two computers, finding the conversations as well as evidence that he had searched for the girl’s identity online.

He also visited one page that outlined the teen’s participation in 2012 middle school track meets.

Evidence at trial indicated Isabella had communicated with three additional female minors and kept lewd photos he received from those girls.

“The prison sentences for those who produce child pornography are appropriately lengthy, such as this 18-year federal prison sentence for Rande Isabella,” said John Eisert, acting special agent in charge of Homeland Security investigations in Denver.

“HSI has a very active Operation Predator program to identify and investigate those who sexually exploit children, and to rescue the victims of these predators.”