Lexington man sentenced to 14 years in prison for soliciting sexual images from out-of-state minors




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  • 2022-05-19 22:19:36Z
  • By The Dispatch
 

A 39-year-old Lexington man was sentence to 14 years in prison for the sexual exploitation of minors after a multi-state investigation determined he was soliciting explicit images of two minors.

Robert Hoyt Reece was sentenced on Thursday to 170 months in prison, followed by a 15-year term of supervised release.

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According to court documents, Reece was identified by agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Charlotte Division, after receiving information from law enforcement in another state about an individual in Lexington possessing child pornography and communicating with minors across the country.

The Davidson County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at Reece's residence in April 2021 where they confiscated multiple devices containing images and videos of child pornography.

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At that time, Reece admitted to law enforcement officers that he had used multiple devices and online apps to access child pornography. During the investigation, it was also determined he was communicating with two minors from out of state and was soliciting sexually explicit images from them.

The Davidson County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation assisted with the investigation. Other FBI offices throughout the country assisted in locating the victims and identifying Reece as the perpetrator.

In October 2021, Reece was charged in the Middle District of North Carolina with one count of felony coercion or enticement of a minor; two counts of felony sexual exploitation of children; one count of possession of child pornography, and two counts of sexual exploitation of minors.

In January 2022, Reece pled guilty to one count of receiving child pornography. In addition to his imprisonment and supervised release, Reece was ordered to pay $23,000 in restitution to the child pornography victims.

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This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Lindsey Freeman and Kennedy Gates. It was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative by the Department of Justice to combat online child sexual exploitation and abuse.

The initiative is led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), and focuses on coordinating federal, state, and local resources to better identify and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.

General news reporter Sharon Myers can be reached at sharon.myers@the-dispatch.com. Follow her on Twitter @LexDispatchSM.

This article originally appeared on The Dispatch: Lexington man gets 14 year sentence for sexual exploitation of minors

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