Arizona Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Sexual Exploitation Charge in New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE—Noah John Carney, 20, of Phoenix, Arizona, entered a guilty plea this morning in Las Cruces federal court to attempting to induce a minor to produce child pornography. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Carney will be sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release. Carney also will be required to register as a sex offender.
Carney was arrested in October 2013 on a criminal complaint charging him with inducing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct and attempting to have minor produce child pornography. In March 2014, Carney was indicted and charged with attempting to produce child pornography, attempting to receive child pornography, and attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity.
During today’s proceedings, Carney entered a guilty plea to count three of the indictment charging him with attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity. In his plea agreement, Carney admitted contacting the victim through an Internet game in August 2013 and learning that the victim was 13 years old. During that “chat” and subsequent telephone, e-mail, and text communications, Carney engaged in sexually explicit conversations with the victim. Carney asked the victim to send him nude photographs of her and sent her a nude photograph of him. He also discussed plans to travel to New Mexico to have sex with the victim.
According to court filings, the FBI performed a search of the victim’s cell phone and Kindle device and found Carney’s nude photo and some of the “chats” between Carney and the child victim. In mid-September 2013, the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) joined the FBI’s investigation, and an APD officer assumed the victim’s online identity and began communicating with Carney. During an October 3, 2013 “chat,” Carney asked the officer, who was posing as the child victim, for a sexually explicit photo, and on the following day, Carney sent the officer a video of an adult engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Carney was arrested in Phoenix by the FBI on October 24, 2013, and was transferred to New Mexico to face the charges in this case.
Carney has been in federal custody since his arrest. He remains detained pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.
This case was investigated by the Las Cruces Resident Agency of the FBI and APD, with assistance from the New Mexico Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory, and it is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Wright of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office. The case was filed as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and DOJ’s Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/.