Feds sentence man caught with 'pedophile handbook'
Warning: This story refers to graphic examples of child abuse.
An Anchorage man who was initially feared to have local child victims was sentenced Thursday to eight and a half years in federal prison for possessing child pornography.
Anchorage Police intercepted 28-year-old Cody Cogley last year, when they say he sent "child sexual exploitation videos" to an undercover detective with APD's Cyber Crimes Unit. The Alaska Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Alaska State Troopers and the FBI then served a search warrant at Cogley's home and found evidence of the crimes on his computer and cell phone.
Federal court documents describe Cogley's collection of 14 videos and 313 images, some showing infants, as "noteworthy for the extreme depictions of violence and abuse that it contained against the most vulnerable members of our society."
Additionally, investigators found a document on Cogley's computer titled "The Pedophile's Handbook," which outlined steps for how to lure children and sexually abuse them.
"This 'handbook' provides some evidence that simply viewing images and videos of children being molested was no longer sufficient to the defendant," Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Reardon wrote in a sentencing memorandum.
At the time of Cogley's arrest in December, an APD spokesperson said Cogley's van had the windows blacked-out and all but the front seats removed, and investigators had found evidence that Cogley intended to buy a bed for the van.
APD released an alert to the public, warning Cogley might have had local victims, but the sentencing documents say "there is insufficient evidence in the record that the defendant has committed a hands-on offense."
Cogley agreed to plead guilty to two counts of possession of child pornography. The plea agreement he signed states Cogley first downloaded child pornography 15 years ago, and preferred children aged "around 7, 7 and up."
The document also says Cogley was using an encrypted and anonymous web browser at the time of APD's search, indicating to Reardon, "That he was more sophisticated than the average user."
A sentencing document prepared by Cogley's defense attorney, Matthew Scoble, says Cogley "appears to have suffered from a kind of benign neglect as a child." The memorandum says Cogley's parents withdrew him from school when he was in the eighth grade, and made no effort to enroll him in an alternative school or home school him. Cogley does not have a GED, and last worked at Smashburger.
Scoble also noted that Cogley sustained a "catastrophic brain injury" after he was in a serious car accident that left him disabled.
Cogley gave a brief statement, saying "I am sorry for those kids," and "It saddens me greatly that so many kids are abused like that." He also said he wanted to return to his parents and his cats, which depend on him.
Reardon said after the hearing, "I believe he's sorry he got caught, but it's speculation to question what his motives are."
On behalf of Cogley, Scoble requested a sentence of five years imprisonment with 25 years of supervised release to follow, while Reardon asked the judge to impose a sentence of 10 years, and a lifetime of supervised release.
U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline sentenced Cogley to eight and a half years, with 30 years of supervised release to follow.
Before Cogley was taken out of the courtroom, he formed a heart with his hands and told members of his family, "See you in eight years."
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