Feds: Former Fort Wainwright soldier sought children on Craigslist
A former soldier once stationed in Fairbanks has been convicted on federal child-pornography charges after prosecutors say he posted online asking to spend time with children.
A Fairbanks jury found 27-year-old Kaleb Basey guilty Tuesday of distributing and transporting child porn, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney for Alaska Bryan Schroder’s office.
The case began in response to a January 2014 post on the Fairbanks Craigslist page, in which Basey asked if “any dads or moms want to share a daughter with me for the night?” Investigators were able to identify Basey, and learn that he was on active duty at Fort Wainwright, within 24 hours.
Troopers, along with the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division and the FBI, also searched Basey’s barracks room on Fort Wainwright.
“FBI agents were able to identify additional sexually explicit Craigslist postings by Basey in which he sought access to minor children, as well as email communications in which individuals had responded to these sexually explicit posts,” federal officials wrote. “In one set of emails, the defendant included a picture of child pornography, and told the person with whom he was emailing that he enjoyed watching movies that showed ‘young girls 5-15yo’ engaged in sexual acts with adults. To this email string, the defendant also attached a fully nude selfie.”
Basey had also emailed himself an image of child pornography, according to Schroder’s office.
U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline set a Feb. 23 sentencing date for Basey, who faces from five to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and at least five years of supervised release when he leaves prison.
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