A Hutchins man was sentenced to 80 years in federal prison Friday morning after pleading guilty to multiple child pornography charges.
Robert Dion Ables, 40, pled guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography and two counts of production of child pornography in March 2017.
"The sexual victimization and exploitation of these young girls is profoundly sad," U.S. Attorney John Parker said. "It is also, obviously, a serious crime for which the penalties are justifiably significant."
Ables was arrested in December 2016 after U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations served a search warrant at Ables' Hutchins home.
According to a story done by the Dallas Morning News, Ables posed as a 14-year-old girl on the KIK Messenger social media app and convinced another 14-year-old girl to send nude photos of herself to him. The victim sent him 25 photos in total; in return, Ables sent her photos of a "similarly aged female engaging in similar behavior."
Ables coerced his underage victims to send him more explicit images by threatening to share their nude pictures on Facebook.
The Dallas Morning News also reported that Ables contacted men on KIK Messenger, posing as a 14-year-old girl. He sent the men child pornography in return for explicit photos of themselves. Once the men sent him these photos, he would extort them for money.
In total, Ables contacted 300-500 men and made as much as $50,000.