EVANSVILLE — Chris Lynn Carder II, 36, of Evansville, Indiana, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to distributing child pornography.
According to court documents, in July 2019, an FBI agent working in Salt Lake City, Utah, was conducting an undercover investigation online using the social networking app Kik. On July 18, 2019, the agent was contacted by Kik user “clcarder” and they started communicating. During their communications, clcarder expressed interest in sex with children and sent the agent two videos showing minors engaging in sexually explicit behavior.
The person using the username clcarder was later identified by law enforcement as Carder. A search warrant was executed at Carder’s residence in Evansville on March 12, 2020. Following the search, Carter admitted to FBI agents that he created the Kik account and used the name of user clcarder to send documents describing child sexual abuse. Pursuant to the search warrant, investigators were able to access data stored on Carder’s two cell phones and found child sexual abuse material on his electronic devices. Images and videos distributed and owned by Carder included depictions of sexual abuse of children under the age of twelve and some involved sadistic or masochistic conduct or other depictions of violence.
Zachary A. Myers, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, and Herbert J. Stapleton, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Field Office in Indianapolis, made the announcement.
The FBI investigated the case. The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young. As part of the sentence, Judge Young ordered Carder to be supervised by the U.S. probation office for eight years after his release from federal prison and ordered Carder to pay $6,000 in restitution to child victims of exploitation. Carder must also register as a sex offender wherever he lives, works or goes to school, as required by law.
U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd S. Shellenbarger who prosecuted this case.
In fiscal year 2019, the most recent year for which data is available, Indiana’s Southern District was second out of the nation’s 94 federal districts for the number of child sexual abuse cases. continued.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood brings together federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about the Safe Childhood Project, please visit www.justice.gov/psc