Man gets prison for online sexual relationship with 12-year-old

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - A Sparks man who posed online as a teenage boy to coerce a teenage girl to send nude photos of herself has been sentenced to 12 and a half years in federal prison.

US Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada says 59-year-old Steven Streit pleaded guilty to coercion and enticement of a minor. In addition to imprisonment, U.S. District Judge Larry R. Hicks sentenced him to a lifetime of supervised release. Under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, he is required to register as a sex offender.

According to court documents, in October and November 2017, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a tip advising that suspected child pornography was uploaded to an online file-sharing account. Investigators traced the account to Streit, leading to a search warrant being served at his apartment, where electronic devices and other items belonging to Streit were found.

During forensic analysis of the four devices, investigators found a total of 560 images and 92 video files of child pornography and chats Streit had with a 12-year-old girl in Florida. In the chats, Streit portrayed himself as a 15-year-old boy and enticed the girl to send sexually explicit videos of herself to him. He saved these video files for himself for later viewing. During a police interview, Streit admitted to utilizing a file-sharing network to download and trade child pornography with others, and to having the deceptive online relationship with the girl.

The case was investigated by the FBI and Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.

To report an incident involving the possession, distribution, receipt, or production of child pornography, contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children by phone at 1-800-843-5678 or online here.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood uses federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute people who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.