A Sailor based at Naval Station Great Lakes has been charged with sexual exploitation of a minor after he attempted to convince a 13-year-old girl to send him sexually explicit photos and video of herself.
Ethan Knez was taken into custody by base law enforcement officer on Tuesday after it was revealed he had not only sent the girl nude photos through an anonymous chat site but that he solicited photos from her.
The girl, who is in Michigan, referred to Knez as “daddy” during their racy conversations, and expressed desires of running away due to issues with her parents.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the girl’s father discovered what his daughter was doing and turned her phone over to a local sheriff’s office. Following a forensic analysis, Knez was identified by his screen name.
When the US Navy got involved, Knez admitted to what he had done, and when asked whether or not he knew the girl was 13, he replied, “If that’s what it says, then that’s what it is.”
Knez also admitted to attempting to seduce other underaged girls, with around 15 different conversations initiated.
A detention hearing is scheduled for Friday.
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