A CA man, Brian Robert Garrett, 26, pled guilty on Monday in federal court to using the Internet to coerce a minor female to engage in criminal sexual activity.Â Garrett posed as a teenage girl on social networking sites to meet real teenage girls in order toÂ befiend themÂ in his pursuit of child sexual exploitation.
Garrett was able to gain the trust of a young Wisconsin girl and introduced her to a male â€œcousinâ€ of his fictitious persona, said Department of Justice spokesperson Lauren Horwood.
According to the Department of Justice, Garrett was able to gain the trust of a youngÂ Wisconsin girl, introduced her to a fictitious male cousin, and eventuallyÂ the chatsÂ became sexual in nature and eventually he convinced her to send him sexually explicit images of herself.
Garrett purchased gifts for the girl, including a new digital camera;Â threatened to post her images on the Internet if she did not continue to supply sexually explicit images of herself; and harrassed her vial phoneÂ and email, despite pleas by the victim’s mother to stop.
He also offered to fly the girl out to California at his own expense.
Garrett had other complaints filed against him in California by posing as a 15-year old male while trying to approach two young girls on social networking sites.Â Â
A search warrant executed at Garrettâ€™s residence revealed thatÂ he had used a peer-to-peer software program to search for images of child pornography. Several images of child pornography were found on his computer.
He is facing 10 years to life in prison.