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A Provo man admitted in U.S. District Court this week he coerced at least five juveniles including a 12-year-old Wisconsin boy into e-mailing nude photos of themselves to him.
Robert Bruce Ririe, 53, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of felony production of child pornography. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on March 8 before Judge Clark Waddoups.
Ririe contacted a 12-year-old boy from Janesville, Wis., over the Internet in January, 2010 and persuaded the boy to take sexually explicit photos and then e-mail them to Ririe, according to court documents. Ririe used the name Thomas Dillan Every and posed as a teenager when corresponding with the victim. The boy's mother discovered the e-mail and photo exchanges and contacted the FBI, which uncovered Ririe's scheme, court documents state.
As part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors, Ririe also admitted to posing as a teenage boy to lure two 16-year-olds and two 17-year-olds into sending nude photos over the Internet. He corresponded with the juveniles from the summer of 2009 through the summer of 2010, according to court documents.
Ririe's other victims lives in Eldersburg, Md.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Trinity, Ala.; and Utah County.
Ririe's prosecution was part of Project Safe Childhood, a national initiative launched by the U.S. Department of Justice in May 2006 intended to crack down on predators who use the Internet to hunt for child victims.