Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to Using Cellular Phone to Entice Minors from Across the Country to Produce Child Pornography
RICHMOND, VA—Dane Scott Mihlon, 25, of King George County, Va., pled guilty today to using the Internet on his cellular phone to entice or attempt to entice at least 6 minors to produce child pornography.
Dana J. Boente, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Adam S. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Field Office, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by United States District Judge John A. Gibney.
Mihlon was charged in a criminal information on October 2, 2014, with a single count of enticement of a minor, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2422(b). He faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment when he is sentenced on January 14, 2015.
In a statement of facts filed with his plea agreement, Mihlon admitted to contacting 6 juvenile females through various cellular phone applications and enticing or attempting to entice them to produce sexually explicit pictures of themselves and send them to him over the Internet. His victims ranged in age from 12 to 16 years old and were located across the country. On one occasion, Mihlon convinced a 15 year old victim living in Oregon to produce and send him over the Internet at least five sexually explicit pictures.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Erik S. Siebert is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 3:14-cr-098.