Man sentenced to 30 years in prison for Internet crimes

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Internet Crime on Monday, February 6, 2012

A Danish man was given the maximum penalty by a judge for committing Internet crimes and harassing an 11-year-old girl from Missouri.

The man worked as a government technology consultant 4,500 miles away in Denmark. He met the girl online in July 2010. He allegedly told her he was a 14-year-old boy and asked that she pose nude in front of a webcam. The girl did as he asked, and the man recorded her.

The girl claims that after posing nude for the man, he used it against her and tried to harass her into posing for him again.

When the girl’s mother found out about the relationship between her daughter and the Danish man, she contacted the local authorities.

When the police noticed that the man’s Internet activity was occurring in the United States, they tracked him down in New York where he was vacationing and arrested him.

The man did plead guilty to extortion and production and transportation of child pornography. At his sentencing, he expressed remorse. In his apology to the girl he said that he feels his actions were “awful” and “inexcusable.” He said that he does not expect forgiveness from the girl or her family, but that he hopes the memory of what he did will eventually go away.

The man faced between 15 and 30 years in prison. Although his attorney pointed out that in Denmark he likely would have faced only six years in prison, a judge sentenced him to the maximum penalty of 30 years behind bars.

It is clear that the man feels sorry for what he did, but despite that, it appears that the judge hopes to use him as an example for others who commit Internet crimes.

Source: The Kansas City Star, “Dane who terrorized 11-year old Missouri girl online is sentenced to 30-year sentence,” Mark Morris, Feb. 2, 2012