An American man from Oregon has been sentenced to 20 years in U.S. federal prison for using social media to stalk, harass and exploit three B.C. youths.
In May 2021, the Comox Valley RCMP began its investigation after being notified a local youth was being sexually exploited online. As the investigation progressed, a suspect was identified in the United States.
Over the next few months, more reports came in to West Shore RCMP, Surrey RCMP and other municipal police agencies. B.C. police departments then contacted the U.S. Homeland Security, which conducted the case.
BC RCMP said the two other youths, who led to the conviction and sentencing, are from Surrey and Westshore.
The investigation revealed the Oregon man had coerced the Comox youth to send sexually explicit photos to him, along with the two other victims. When the youths refused to send additional photos, the man threatened them, saying he would send the photos he had to the youths’ friends and families.
On at least two occasions, the man told his victims they should either comply with his demands or commit suicide.
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“Online exploitation poses a grave threat to the well-being of our youth, and this case highlights the importance of cross-border cooperation in combating these crimes,” said Insp. Mike Kurvers, officer in charge of the Comox Valley RCMP detachment.
Kevin Robert McCarty, 37, of Happy Valley, Ore., was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison followed by supervised release in the U.S.
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According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Oregon, McCarty began using various social media platforms, like Snapchat and Instagram, to talk and coerce the youths. He also went by the alias “Robbie MacKenzie.”
On Nov. 16, 2021, McCarty was charged with sexually exploiting children, distributing child pornography, cyberstalking, enticing a child online, and transferring obscene material to a minor.
On Nov. 18, 2021, agents served a search warrant at the Happy Valley residence McCarty shared with his mother, sister, and sister’s family. After learning McCarty was visiting a cousin in Riverside, Calif., agents found and arrested McCarty in Riverside the same day.
On Feb. 15, 2023, McCarty waived indictment and pleaded guilty to a felony information charging him with one count of enticing a minor online and two counts of sexually exploiting children.
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