A Castle Creek convicted sex offender is to spend 15 years in Federal Prison for receiving and attempting to receive child pornography while posing online to be a girl.

Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News

 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 41-year-old Chad Swartwood was sentenced yesterday to 180 months after pleading guilty to operating several social media accounts on different platforms, pretending to be a teenage girl from December of 2017 to December 2018, in order to engage in sexually explicit interactions with boys. 

Swartwood was previously convicted in New York State of felony Sexual abuse involving a child under the age of ten.

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Federal Prosecutors say the Castle Creek man would engage people he believed to be minor boys in sexually explicit text conversations and sent sexually explicit images of a teenage girl he claimed to be himself while soliciting sexually explicit images from the boys.

In addition to the time in prison, Swartwood is ordered to 20 years on probation and is required to register as a sex offender.