PEORIA (WEEK) – A federal judge in Peoria ordered a Pekin man to spend 30 years in prison in a child pornography case.
Judge James Shadid handed down a penalty for Sebastian Sale that far exceeded advisory sentencing guidelines of 15 to 17 1/2-years in prison.
Sale pleaded guilty in April to attempted production of child pornography, admitting he tried to persuade a girl to film herself engaging in sexual conduct, and email him the video.
In a news release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office noted that Judge Shadid described Sale’s conduct as “sad,” “vile,” “disgusting,” and “unimaginable.”
Prosecutors said Sale’s girlfriend, Rachel Miller, was sentenced last year to 30 years in prison for sexual exploitation of a child. She reportedly recorded a video, later distributed by Sale on the internet, of herself having sex with a boy.
After serving his prison sentence, Sale must spend the rest of his life on supervised release, and he has to register as a sex offender.
“Hopefully, the sentence Judge Shadid imposed will serve as a warning to others who may be inclined to harm minors and will make them think twice,“ Acting United States Attorney Doug Quivey said in a news release.
“We will do everything we can to both prevent and vigorously prosecute crimes against children,” Quivey went on to say.
The Washington Police Department, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Department of Homeland Security investigated the case, according to the news release.
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