Steve Correa-Franco Gets 20 Years for Talking 9-Year-Old Girl into Sending Him Nude Photo with Her Nintendo
Who knew what these things could do?
A Spring man has been sentenced to almost 20 years in prison for talking a nine-year-old girl into sending him a nude picture of herself.
Steve Correa-Franco, 33, was sentenced yesterday after entering a guilty plea last December.
"U.S. District Judge Sim Lake took into consideration the seriousness of the crime and the need for deterrence," the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
Investigators said the father of a Rochester, Minnesota, girl called police after noticing suspicious activity on the family computer. (The USAO mentions www.kidzworld.com and offers a link, but we ain't going there.)
He found an extensive Yahoo! chat between his daughter and a user named "Steve Correa" on April 6, 2012. The feds say:
During the April 6 chats, the girl told Correa-Franco she was nine years old. He said he was 16 years old and repeatedly discussed having sex with the young girl. He also sent the daughter several photos of himself which contained images of his face.
Correa-Franco asked the girl to take a nude photograph of herself, which she did using her Nintendo DS handheld game system. She took the photograph with the gaming system, uploaded it to her computer and then e-mailed it to the address Correa-Franco had provided.
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A month later, after tracing the chat, cops raided Correa-Franco's home and found the chat on his laptop computer. They also found "210 digital videos of child pornography, including the lewd and lascivious exhibition of the genitals of minor children and actual sexual intercourse involving a nude minor female and adult male."
Correa-Franco received a sentence of 235 months for enticement and 120 months for possession of child porn, to be served concurrently. He faces another 25 years of close supervision upon his release.
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