Pavilion grad admits to violent child porn

ROCHESTER — A former Pavilion man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Friday to child pornography charges for attempting to have sex with a minor and having images of disturbing and violent sex acts with children.

Christian Michael Stutes, 24, a 2014 Pavilion High School graduate, pleaded guilty to receipt and distribution of child pornography and faces a mandatory minimum of five years to a maximum of 20 years in federal prison.

Stutes was working as a teacher’s aide at a child care facility and had been employed at various children’s camps in recent years.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan K. McGuire said that between April 12 and Dec. 13, 2019, Stutes engaged in sexually explicit conversations via text message with an individual he believed to be the father of a 10-year-old male. The individual was actually an undercover FBI agent. During their conversations, Stutes discussed paying $150 to have sex with the boy.

The agent received a text message from Stutes and during the text conversation, Stutes stated he was into young boys, 7 to 9 years old. The conversation ended with the undercover agreeing to allow the defendant to have sexual contact with the fictitious kids for $200 for each child. Stutes stated he would have to save up the money.

In August of 2019, Stutes contacted the agent again stating that he had enough money now, and was interested in having sexual contact with a young boy. The agent and Stutes agreed to meet on Aug. 30, 2019, with the defendant agreeing to pay $150 in exchange for having sex with the agent’s fictitious 9-year-old son.

However, later that day, Stutes contacted the agent and stated that he no longer had $150 available and he did not attempt to meet the agent.

The agent and the defendant did not have contact again until Dec. 2, at which time Stutes stated that he had a good paying job and “i can actually afford the deal we talked about with Adam ... If that’s still cool.”

Stutes traveled to Brighton Dec. 13 to meet the boy and was arrested.

Agents seized his cell phone and found 61 videos and 450 images of child pornography. Some of the images included prepubescent minors, as well depictions of violence, including the rape of a toddler.

Sentencing is set for Dec. 18.

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