Guy from Central Ky. Sentenced to jail for using Snapchat to get explicit photos of teens

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A Madison County man was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison for producing child pornography, the US Department of Justice said.

Scotty Johnson, a 51-year-old Richmond resident, was convicted after pleading guilty to child pornography production in March 2021. Court documents show that Johnson impersonated a teenage woman on Snapchat and used his Snapchat account to befriend multiple teenage boys. some of them he knew in real life. Johnson then engaged in sexual conversations with the boys online.

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Johnson communicated with more than 1,000 different individuals on Snapchat, including several underage males, according to the DOJ.

One of the victims, a teenager Johnson knew, was suspected of Johnson’s account and reported it to police, the DOJ said. Authorities found compelling evidence when conducting their investigation, and Johnson admitted that the illegal activity was committed.

“This case demonstrates the grave dangers children face online, where predators can pose as anyone to target the most vulnerable among us,” said Jodi Cohen, a special agent in charge of the FBI field office in Louisville. “With this conviction, we have removed a dangerous child predator from our community and a clear message has been sent that those who seek to exploit children will be held accountable.”

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Johnson must serve at least 85% – or 17 years – of his prison sentence, prosecutors say. After his release from prison, he will be under life supervision by the U.S. Probation Agency, according to the DOJ.

The FBI, the Kentucky State Police, and the University of Kentucky Police Department conducted the investigation.

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