Robert Franke III, 41, of Jacksonville was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison today by federal Judge James Moody for producing explicit photos of a 15-year-old.

He’ll also have 10 years of supervised release on completion of the sentence.

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U.S. Attorney Cody Hiland announced the sentence in a release. He said the charge followed Jacksonville police investigation of a report that Franke was sexually assaulting a 15-year-old.

The minor disclosed to the police that Franke had been touching her inappropriately and asking her to send him nude photographs of herself for approximately four years. Franke also sent pictures of his genitals to the minor and encouraged the minor to send sexually explicit photographs of her friends.

 

In an interview, Franke admitted to asking the minor female to send him nude photographs in exchange for different privileges. He also admitted to inappropriately touching the minor on several occasions. A forensic review of the minor female’s telephone revealed numerous sexually explicit conversations and nude images of the minor. The defendant also encouraged the minor to drink alcohol in an effort to “relax her.”

He was charged in a five-count indictment in 2017, then pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography last May.

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Moody gave Franke the maximum sentence because of what Hiland called the “abhorrent abuse of this child.”