A Michigan man has been sentenced to nearly two decades in prison for asking a 17-year-old Filipino teenager to send him nude photos.
As we previously reported, Nathan J Bowling pleased guilty to “child pornography by the sexual exploitation of a girl” in September.
Now the 31-year-old has been sentenced to 210 months — or 17-and-a-half years.
Once he has served his sentence, Bowling will be on supervised release for an additional 10 years and must register as a sex offender. District Judge Thomas Ludington also ordered him pay a $100 assessment fee.
As part of his guilty plea, Bowling admitted that on or about October 7, 2016, he engaged in an online chat with someone he believed to be a 17-year-old girl living in the Philippines.
He offered to buy her a cellphone if she would — as his plea agreement puts it — “lasciviously exhibit her genitals and pubic area over the Internet by creating a live visual depiction of herself using Skype.”
As part of his plea, Bowling admitted to similarly propositioning two other underage girls via the Internet on May 4 and 8, 2016.
In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss charges of distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography.
The case against Bowling began March when a sheriff’s detective interviewed him about a criminal sexual conduct complaint. At that time, Bowling told the detective he views “more porn than the normal male”.
When the detective asked him what would be on his computer, Bowling said “there may be an illegal video of a guy and his young daughter, but that he may have deleted it,” an FBI agent’s affidavit states.
“Bowling also stated that, while pretending to be a female online, he had received photographs from females online who claimed to be 15 years old.”
After examining his laptop, investigators found numerous files depicting the sexual abuse of children.
Detectives then contacted the FBI in Bay City about the possibility that Bowling had produced child porn.
Transcripts of Skype chats featured Bowling bragging about having taken nude photos or used hidden cameras to take lewd images of a 16-year-old, the affidavit states.
The FBI later determined Bowling’s laptop had been used to transfer child porn over the Internet.