DENVER — A South Carolina man convicted of using fake Facebook profiles to coerce Colorado teenagers to send him explicit photographs has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.
Christopher George White was convicted on six counts of coercion and enticement of a minor.
White claimed to be a teenage boy when he was truly a 35-year-old man and previously convicted sex offender, investigators said.
White targeted girls who were 13 and 14 years old using Facebook profiles with the names Kent Noelle and Glenn Black.
He used social media, text and telephone calls to meet, entice and then threaten the girls into taking off clothing or committing sex acts for his own personal pleasure, investigators said.
“After first befriending them online, and then texting and even talking with the minors by phone, the defendant then began to use harassment, threats of physical harm, and threats to post sexually explicit photographs of the children or their friends on social media, all in an effort to coerce the teenagers to produce and send him child pornography of themselves,” investigators stated.
Investigators said White continued to try to coerce other girls from behind bars.
“After pleading guilty to the six counts in this case, but before his sentence was announced, White continued to contact other minor girls from prison to harass them or engage in graphic phone sex with them,” investigators said.
“When White’s phone privileges were curtailed, he used another inmate’s access to continue contacting teenage girls from prison.”
Investigators from the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina were involved in the case.
“Our prosecutors’ forensic skill at catching these predators is second to none,” acting U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer said.
“But the absolute best way to protect your kids from being preyed upon like this is to keep an eye on their behavior and phone and computer use.”