Senior United States District Judge Wm. Fremming Nielsen sentenced Eglet to a 270-month term of imprisonment, to be followed by a lifetime of court supervision after he is released from federal prison.
According to information disclosed during court proceedings, Eglet used Snapchat and other social media platforms to reach out to multiple 14- and 15-year old girls for the purpose of soliciting child pornography from them or coercing them into having sex with him. Eglet often deceived his victims into believing that he was close to their ages, when he was actually in his late twenties. He would then meet with them in person to engage in illicit sexual acts. On multiple occasions, Eglet successfully met up with a 14-year-old girl, and then a 15-year-old girl, to engage in illicit sexual conduct with them. One victim he met for the first time in person at the Northern Quest Casino when she was there with her family for a concert; another victim he met for the first time in the parking lot of a church on Spokane’s South Hill. Eglet’s victims were typically in high school or about to start high school. One victim was scheduled to begin high school in 2018 where Eglet was employed as an assistant football coach.
United States Attorney Hyslop said, “The sentence imposed today sends a stern message to those who sexually exploit children. Your exploitation of children will not be tolerated. If you have a problem, seek help. But know that if you abuse, exploit, and take advantage of children, you will be going to prison. Your criminal conduct will not go unnoticed and you will be prosecuted. Here, Eglet was an Assistant Coach; he was in a position of special trust with young people. He took advantage of them. He’s now going to jail. We hope there can be some healing for his victims, but time will tell on that.”
“The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington is resolute in its commitment to bring to justice those who sexually exploit children. I commend the dedicated work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, the Washington State Patrol, the Spokane Police Department, and the Kalispel Tribal Police Department, who jointly investigated this case. I also commend the families of the victims in this case, who reported Eglet’s conduct to the authorities. I hope this significant sentence brings them some measure of peace.” Hyslop stated.
Hyslop concluded by saying, “The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington encourages all minors and their parents to ensure that minors only communicate online with people who they know IRL (“in real life”). Snapchat, in particular, automatically deletes communications, which can make it difficult for minors and their parents to report abusive online conduct. Parents must help educate their children about these dangers and they must monitor their children’s online conduct. Moms and Dads are the first line of defense for their children. That may not stop all predators, but hopefully it will help prevent some victimization of some minor children.”
FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Mark Nichols said, “The exploitation of children requires decisive action. Thanks to close collaboration with our partners, we were able to put a stop to the defendant’s activities. This man, who was entrusted to mentor young people, was in actuality a predator of vulnerable girls. Today’s sentence ensures he won’t be able to victimize children for years to come.”
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