A Canadian man pleaded guilty in federal court in Springfield Thursday for enticing two children from Hampshire County over the internet to produce child pornography and to send sexually explicit pictures to him.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts, 35-year-old Justin Carl Wong of Ontario, Canada pleaded guilty to 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. He is scheduled to be sentenced October 4, 2018.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Wong was indicted in August 2014 and has been in custody since his arraignment on August 10, 2017, after being extradited from Canada.
In December 2012, Wong used a “Voxer” account to communicate with two girls from Hampshire County aged eight and 10, said the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Wong first sent text and voice messages to the 10-year-old girl, knowing that she was a minor. Wong offered to be her “pretend boyfriend” and to help her “get a boyfriend in” her “real life,” said the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Wong asked her to send him sexually explicit pictures of herself, but the girl initially refused. Wong used psychological pressure to persuade and then to bully the girl to send him sexually explicit pictures. He threatened her by saying he would never speak to her again and telling her she would live a “lonely life” and to “have a nice life being alone” without Wong in her life, said the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The 10-year-old girl succumbed to Wong’s repeated demands and took and sent three sexually explicit photos of herself, as well as two sexually explicit photographs with the eight-year-old girl, said the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Wong engaged in a series of online communication with the eight-year-old girl, in which he demanded specific kinds of sexually explicit pictures. The girl responded by taking and sending Wong five explicit photographs, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Each count of sexual exploitation provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and up to 30 years in prison, a minimum of five years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.