LOS ANGELES – A former West Covina resident pleaded guilty today to knowingly creating and publishing an advertisement that sought to exchange sexually-explicit images of children on a Russian photo-sharing website frequently used to trade child pornography.
Christopher Clay Roman-Tuttle, 38, now of Spokane, Washington, who told the court he now goes by the name Christopher Clay Tuttle, faces a 15-year mandatory minimum prison sentence and a statutory maximum sentence of 30 years’ imprisonment for his guilty plea to one felony count of advertising child pornography. United States District Judge Percy Anderson scheduled a May 20 sentencing hearing.
According to Roman-Tuttle’s plea agreement, in March 2015 he created an account with a Russian photo-sharing website and used this account to knowingly publish an advertisement seeking to receive, exchange, and distribute child pornography. Roman-Tuttle admitted to posting two photo albums: one that featured non-pornographic images of a minor known to him, and one password-protected album that contained pornographic images of unknown child victims. Roman-Tuttle advertised these images by posting a statement, which read, in part, “preteens and tween’s [sic] in diapers is cool too. I’d love to meet up with a parent that wants to share their daughter (of course id make it worth their w[h]ile).”
In response to Roman-Tuttle’s advertisement, he received numerous emails over the course of two days from dozens of individuals seeking to exchange child pornography with him, the plea agreement states. Roman-Tuttle also admitted to sending and receiving images and videos of child pornography to many of these individuals, at times requesting child pornography videos depicting girls between 5 and 8 years old. In other emails, Roman-Tuttle described his desire to sexually abuse children, including the minor known to him, whom he admitted to having sexually abused in the past, according to his plea agreement. Roman-Tuttle also admitted to knowingly possessing more than 9,000 images and 330 videos of child pornography on his computer and on other devices, including images depicting the sexual abuse and exploitation of infants or toddlers. He also admitted to knowingly possessing a sexually explicit image of the minor known to him.
As part of his plea agreement, Roman-Tuttle will have to register as a sex offender, undergo counseling, and be subject to lifetime supervised release once he is out of federal prison.