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Mountain View man sentenced to 15 years on child porn charges

 

A Mountain View man was sentenced last week to more than 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to producing and distributing child pornography, according to federal prosecutors.

Grant Ridder, 28, was arrested in 2017 following an investigation that linked him to an IP address that accessed a female minor's Facebook account without her consent and posted sexually explicit photographs of her using the account in 2013, according to a statement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California.

Ridder also persuaded a second minor, between the ages of 12 and 15, to send sexually explicit photographs to his phone, which he used as a means to blackmail her for more images by threatening to post the pictures on a Russian website, according to the statement. He later uploaded the photos of the minor to a Russia-based website.

He also coerced a third victim, a 13-year-old girl, to send him nude images of herself, and later threatened to send those photos to her mother, investigators found.

Ridder was sentenced to 15 years and five months in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release. He was not charged a fine nor restitution as part of the sentencing, though a restitution hearing is set for April 17.

Ridder pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography, one count of production of child pornography and one count of distribution of child pornography. The other seven counts Ridder faced in a federal grand jury indictment in May 2017, including coercion and enticement of a minor and cyberstalking, were dropped as part of the sentence, according to a spokesman from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California.

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