Two Men Sentenced In Federal Court To Long Prison Terms
U.S. District Court Judge Alan Johnson sentenced two men to long prison terms this past week for child pornography and drug distribution charges, according to a press release from the Wyoming U.S. Attorney's Office.
Christopher Beets, 24, of Santa Rosa, Calif., was sentenced on Tuesday to 25 years imprisonment followed by a life term of supervised release for attempted production of child pornography. This case was investigated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
According to the criminal complaint, Beets used the Internet and a cellular telephone network to try to persuade a 13-year-old girl in Laramie County to send him nude pictures of herself. Beets threatened the girl by telling her he would put the pictures on line if she didn't do more for him. The girl told her parents and they contacted the Laramie County Sheriff's Office.
A law enforcement agent then took the girl's place in a chat application called KIK. The agent worked with the Ontario, Canada-based KIK, Verizon, and California law enforcement agencies, the agent was able to track Beets and have him arrested in San Francisco.
Roger Adcock, 42, of Canon City, Colo. was sentenced on May 1 to 11 years and eight months followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana. Adcock was arrested in Gillette.
This case results from an ongoing Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) joint investigation conducted by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The OCDETF identifies, disrupts and dismantles the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.