A Michigan man has pleaded guilty to trying to make child pornography by the sexual exploitation of a girl in the Philippines.
Nathan J Bowling, aged 31, appeared before Judge Patricia Morris in the federal courthouse in downtown Bay City this week.
He pleaded guilty to one count of attempted sexual exploitation of a child.
The charge carries a maximum of 30 years, however in Bowler’s case he is unlikely to get more than 20.
Bowling admitted that last October, he engaged in an online chat with someone he believed to be a 17-year-old Filipino girl.
According to his plea agreement, he offered to buy her a cellphone if she would “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.
In exchange for his plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss charges of distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography.
“More porn than the normal male”
The case against Bowling began in March when a detective interviewed him on a criminal sexual conduct complaint.
At that time, Bowling told the detective that he viewed “more porn than the normal male.”
When the detective asked him what would be found on his computer, Bowling replied: “There may be an illegal video of a guy and his young daughter, but I may have deleted it.”
The FBI agent’s affidavit read: “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.”
Investigators obtained a search warrant for Bowling’s laptop and had it forensically examined. On it they discovered numerous indecent images and films of children.
Detectives later contacted the FBI office in Bay City regarding the possibility that Bowling had produced child porn. Transcripts of Skype chats featured Bowling bragging about having taken “lewd images” of a 16-year-old.
The FBI later determined Bowling’s laptop had been used to transfer images of child abuse over the internet.
US District Judge Thomas L Ludington is to sentence Bowling at 2pm on Thursday, December 21.