HAMMOND | A 33-year-old Valparaiso man was sentenced to 84 months in prison and 10 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of possession of child pornography.
Jeffrey A. Smith was sentenced by federal Chief Judge Philip Simon this week.
According to court documents filed by the government in the case, Smith "friended" the victim on MySpace. The documents said that for about a year starting near August 2009, Smith engaged in a relationship with someone he met online whom he thought was 19, but who later told him she was younger than 18.
The government alleged she was actually a 15-year-old girl from Michigan who sent Smith sexually explicit pictures of herself, records show. The offense occurred between Aug. 1, 2009, and Sept. 1, 2010, according to charging information.
Smith also transported the victim in interstate commerce, in this case from Ohio to Indiana, with the intent to engage in sexual activity. Smith pleaded guilty in December 2012.
He will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release and comply with registration requirements.
This case resulted from an investigation by members of the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, including the FBI. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jill Koster.