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Ian Nathanial Smith, 21, was one of three men arrested after a 14-year-old girl went missing at the end of April from her home in unincorporated Lake County between Schererville and Griffith, police said.
Smith was indicted in May in a federal court in Kansas on charges of sexual exploitation of a child – production of child pornography, travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and possession of child pornography, according to court records.
After striking a plea deal with the government, Smith pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography, the deal states
Smith was sentenced Friday to 360 months in prison followed by 25 years of supervised released, and his remaining counts were dismissed, court records show. He was also ordered to forfeit two Motorola Razr cellphones, records show.
Smith began talking with the 14-year-old girl in August 2016 on social media sites including Kik, Chat-Tango and Skype, according to the plea deal.
Over Skype, Smith “would demand the minor perform sex acts and made arrangements to meet for further sexual activity,” the deal states.
At the time, Smith was in Kansas and the minor was in Indiana, court records show.
Police previously said Smith picked up the girl from her home around 11 p.m. April 27 and drove her to Ohio, where he left her with Eric Ho, 26, and Bryan Otero, 28.
The girl was found by police May 2 in Cincinnati and returned to her family in Lake County.
Ho and Otero each were indicted in an Ohio federal court in May with conspiracy to sex traffic children and conspiracy to produce child pornography, court records show.
In December, Otero pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sex traffic children, while Ho pleaded guilty to both counts, according to court records. They are scheduled to be sentenced May 31, records show.
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