A Fort Wayne man was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in federal prison after admitting he distributed child pornographic photos.
Larson Wuest, 30, pleaded guilty to production of child pornography. U.S. District Court Judge Holly A. Brady sentenced Wuest to 180 months in federal prison followed by five years supervised release.
According to court documents, Wuest began chatting online, using various social media platforms, with a person working covertly for the FBI in February 2019.
During their online chat, Wuest sent nude photographs of a 12-year-old girl to the person working for the FBI. The investigation later revealed Wuest previously met this girl on another social media platform and had persuaded and enticed her to take the photographs and send them to him, court records said.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with the assistance of the Fort Wayne Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lesley J. Miller Lowery.