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Elyria man sentenced to 25 years in prison for sexually exploiting 12-year-old

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Posted at 6:11 PM, May 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-29 18:11:29-04

ELYRIA, Ohio — An Elyria man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for sexually exploiting a 12-year-old.

Christopher Goodin, 32, controlled multiple social media accounts, which he used to communicate with a girl in Utah between June and August 18, 2018.

Goodin posed as a young girl who was harassed and threatened by an older man with one account, and as the older man on another account, according to court documents.

He told the young girl from Utah that he would stop harassing his young girl account if the victim would send sexually explicit photos to him, which the 12-year-old did, according to court documents.

Police searched Goodin's home in October 2018 and recovered a cellphone with 716 images and 126 videos of suspected child pornography, including bestiality, infants, toddlers, bondage and fetish videos; a laptop with 63 videos and 32 images of child pornography, as well as 661 images and 14 videos of another victim and an SD card containing 844 images and 761 videos, according to court documents.

“This defendant is a predator who tricked unsuspecting children into sending him graphic images by posing as someone else,” U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said. “This case is a disturbing and stark reminder that people online are rarely who they claim to be, and parents need to know who their children are communicating with.”

Goodin will have to pay $150,156 in restitution. He has previously plead guilty to sexual exploitation of a minor, receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

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