Va. Man Pleads Guilty in Social Networking Child Porn Ring

July 15, 2010

A second man accused of using a social networking site to share child pornography has pleaded guilty in western Pennsylvania to exploiting children.

Twenty-one-year-old Ryan Chiles of Hampton, Va., entered the plea Wednesday in federal court. On Tuesday, 56-year-old Stephen Sims, of Palm Springs, Calif., pleaded guilty in the case. Officials say both will be sentenced in February and face mandatory minimum terms of 20 years and maximum sentences of life in prison.

Authorities say the two and others distributed thousands of sexually explicit images and videos to members of the group formed on the site. Officials say the case was the first prosecution of a child exploitation enterprise that makes use of a social networking site under a federal law created by the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.

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