Two out-of-state men are expected to be extradited to Montana to face sexual exploitation and child pornography charges following allegations that they posed as a preteen girl on the Internet to coerce a 10-year-old Helena boy to send them sexually explicit videos of himself.
Anthony Steven Rodriguez, of Georgia, and Robert Shane Wilkins, of Alabama, will have to go through federal courts in their home states before arriving in Helena, said Police Chief Troy McGee, so it’s hard to say when exactly they’ll arrive.
“Only the federal prosecutor knows that,” he said.
Rodriguez, 35, is a registered sex offender in Moreland, Ga., and a Birmingham, Ala., newspaper is reporting that Wilkins, 33, used to work at a day care in Hoover, Ala. They have been charged with conspiracy to sexually exploit children, sexual exploitation of children and distribution of child pornography.
According to an FBI report, both men accessed a YouTube account under the username “funandfreaky7,” through which they pretended to be an 11-year-old girl sending explicit videos of herself to a Helena boy and asking for images in return. The boy had complied with the request, the report states.
The information was uncovered after the boy’s mother contacted local law enforcement with concerns about her son’s computer use. McGee commended the woman for looking into what her child was doing online.
“I would highly encourage that of parents,” he said.
McGee said additional law enforcement agencies could end up getting involved in the case, since it appears there might be other children involved. The FBI report states that both men admitted in interviews that they’d agreed to upload videos of children as a means of convincing others to self-produce sexually explicit videos.
Reporter Allison Maier: 447-4075 or firstname.lastname@example.org