An Arkansas man messaged an undercover FBI agent posing as a parent to solicit and pay for a video of a 9-year-old child being molested.
The convict also told the agent specific ways as to how he wanted to see the child being sexually abused.
Cody Dillon Hogan, 26, pleaded guilty in federal court this month to using the internet to solicit and pay an individual to molest and record videos depicting the sexual abuse of a 9-year-old child. He will be sentenced at a later date and faces a minimum of 15 years in prison.
Hogan was initially contacted through an online chat application in December 2019 by an undercover FBI agent that was posing as a parent of a 9-year-child.
He sent explicit images of himself to the agent and asked for provocative pictures of the child in return, according to prosecutors.
Hogan requested the agent send videos of the child being sexually abused and sent the agent a $50 gift card as payment, prosecutors noted.
Hogan continued to solicit the agent for several weeks to requests the child pornography. He gave specific instructions on how he wanted to see the child being abused and offered the agent advice on how to send the videos to him via shared accounts and online cloud storage, according to prosecutors.
During an online chat with the agent, Hogan stated after he had received this initial video there could be all kinds of money and requests that would come the agent’s way.
FBI agents, along with other police, officer raided Hogan’s Arkansas home and arrested him.
In addition to the solicitation with the FBI agent, Hogan admitted to engaging with a mother of a 9-year-old child about producing and sending pornographic videos of the child, according to prosecutors. He also admitted to soliciting explicit pictures of at least three other children.
When police went through Hogan’s computers, they found hundreds of child pornography images and videos.