Crime

Florence man pleads guilty to texting nude photos to teen

A Florence man admitted in federal court Tuesday that he persuaded a 14-year-old minor in Kenton County to send nude photos to him by text message, according to the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

The office announced Wednesday that this was the first federal case in the Eastern District of Kentucky where "sexting" — a term used to describe sexually explicit photos and messages sent by cell phone — resulted in child pornography charges and a conviction.

Verlin Brett Bailey, 33, pleaded guilty to production of child pornography, a federal offense that carries a minimum prison sentence of 15 years, the attorney's office said. Bailey also admitted that he knew the minor was 14, and Bailey said he also sent graphic pictures of himself to the child.

Bailey is scheduled to be sentenced in October.

"This case demonstrates that you don't have to be in the same room with a minor, or even in the same county, to be charged and convicted of the most severe child pornography offense," said U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey.

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