The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 1:00 am


Man gets 15 years for exploiting girl

Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexual exploitation of a minor.

Scott Trischler, 25, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Holly A. Brady, U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II announced Monday.

Trischler was sentenced to 180 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release. A special assessment of $5,100 was also imposed.

According to court documents, Trischler communicated with a victim who was 12 years of age while he was playing with her as an administrator of an online game.

He continued to communicate with the victim after finding out his/her age and after the victim's parents attempted to stop the communication, documents said.

Trischler encouraged the victim to communicate with him on other online platforms and began engaging in sexually explicit communications, records said. He was also able to persuade the victim to send digital images and video that were sexually explicit, images he saved to his phone and eventually transferred to his computer.

The initial charges were filed and handled by the U.S. attorney's office in the Eastern District of California, Fresno Office, and the defendant was arrested and pleaded guilty in the Northern District of Indiana.

The case was prosecuted by Stacey R. Speith, assistant U.S. attorney.

78 months given in child porn case

U.S. District Court Judge Holly A. Brady sentenced a Fort Wayne man to 61/2 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography.

Shea Smith, 48, was sentenced to 78 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release and was ordered to forfeit the items involved in the commission of the offense, U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II announced Monday.

According to court documents, Smith received child pornography from about July 2014 through July 2017. In his plea agreement, Smith agreed to forfeit the following items: desktop computers, laptop computers, a camera and a hard drive.

The case was investigated by the FBI's Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force. The case was handled by Lesley J. Miller Lowery, assistant U.S. attorney.

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