REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER SENTENCED TO 29 YEARS FOR ENTICING BOYS ONLINE TO SEND ILLICIT IMAGES
Brendan Eardly, 50-years-old, was sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for engaging young males into sending sexual photos. Many of the males believed they were gay and Eardly would mentor them in the gay life style all the while sending nude images of himself and coercing the young males to do likewise.
This Insider Alert brings to light the vulnerability of young males who reach out on the Internet to explore the gay lifestyle and end up being exploited. Eardly had more than 60 young male victims around the globe and in the U.S. including California, Ohio, Colorado, Nevada and New York.
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Federal law defines child pornography as any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor. It is important to remember child sexual abuse material depicts actual crimes being committed against children. Not only do these images and videos document the victims’ exploitation and abuse, but when shared across the internet, re-victimize and re-traumatize the child victims each time their abuse is viewed. To learn more, please visit the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at www.missingkids.org.