CEDAR RAPIDS — A 26-year-old Wisconsin man, who posed as a male and female online to attract minors and solicit explicit photos from them, was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison Monday. U.S. District Chief Judge Leonard Strand, who called this case “aggravated and disturbing,” because Carson T. Sibley, of La Crosse, Wis., posed as both genders to trick minors into sending him sexually explicit images and videos and he also traveled to Grundy County twice in hopes of having sex with a victim. Sibley gained access to the juveniles while playing online games.
U.S. Assistant Attorney Mark Tremmel also pointed out Sibley had prior convictions for child pornography and was still on probation when he committed the Iowa offense.
Sibley has prior criminal convictions related to distribution and possession of child pornography. He was convicted of one count of promoting child abuse in the second-degree and three counts of promoting child abuse in the third-degree, all felonies, on July 2, 2013, in a Circuit Court in Hawaii.
Melanie Keiper, Sibley’s lawyer, noted her client didn’t actually have sexual relations with the minor, and had accepted responsibility for his offense by pleading guilty.
Sibley declined to speak during the sentencing.
The guideline sentencing range was 20 years to life, but both the prosecution and defense stipulated in the plea agreement to 30 years, and if the judge didn’t agree, Sibley could withdraw his plea.
Sibley pleaded guilty in September to enticement of a minor. He admitted during the plea hearing to persuading or enticing a juvenile to engage in sex in April and June of 2017. He also admitted to that he knew the boy was under age 18.
The other four counts of sexual exploitation of a child, commission of a felony offense involving a minor while being required to register as a sex offender, and travel for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct, were dismissed Monday during the hearing.
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