ABINGDON, Va. (WFXR) – A North Carolina man who used the popular social media messaging app Snapchat to solicit minors in the New River Valley to send him sexually explicit photographs and videos in exchange for expensive gifts was sentenced on Wednesday to 210 months in prison.
Court documents indicate that 41-year-old Jason Kelly Inman of Mount Airy, N.C., used the social media platform to solicit minors living in Grayson County to send him sexually explicit photographs and videos of themselves.
Officials say Inman targeted at least four male victims who all resided in Galax and ranged from 14 to 16 years old.
“This case demonstrates the lengths sexual predators will go seek out, win the trust of, and then victimize children. It also is a reminder of the dangers that exist for children online,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Bubar. “I commend the hard work and partnership of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State Police and the FBI, which brought Inman to justice to face his heinous crimes and will ensure he can no longer victimize children.”
Inman admitted that in 2020, between June and December, his general pattern of behavior was to exchange messages with his victims using Snapchat and provide the victims with gifts, such as alcohol, marijuana, vape cartridges, money, and cell phones.
Inman would then turn the conversation toward sexual issues and eventually requesting and receiving those photographs and videos from his victims via Snapchat, in exchange for the victims continuing the receive gifts.
Inman also traveled to Grayson County to deliver the gifts to his victims. However, there is no evidence of actual physical contact between Inman and his victims.
The investigation of the case was conducted by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Virginia State Police.
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