David Land Enters Alford Plea To Sex Crime Charge
A Casper man is not challenging charges against him in a case where he's accused of trying to obtain pornographic images of teens.
Twenty-five year old David Land has entered an Alford plea, to one count of third degree sexual abuse of a minor.
Investigators with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation say in May, they had received a lead from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, who in turn, received the lead from a social network site, that a 13-year old male was soliciting the production of child pornography from a 15-year old girl.
The network site suspected the 13-year old was Land, using an alias, because both Land’s and the alias’s account, had the same computer IP address.
Investigators confirmed the suspicion and traced the IP address back to Land’s computer, and were able to obtain transcripts of some of the messages transmitted back and forth, between Land’s alias account and a number of teenage girls.
When interviewed by DCI agents, Land admitted to having inappropriate chat conversations with people he shouldn’t have been in conversations with.
As part of a plea deal, prosecutors will seek no more than a four-to-six year prison sentence.
Land is free on $20,000 bond and will be sentenced at a later date.
An Alford plea is not an admission of guilt, but it acknowledges that prosecutors have enough evidence and/or testimony, to get a guilty verdict from a jury.