Horrifying specifics emerge after a predator admits to exchanging a vape for pornographic Snapchat videos from a 13-year-old girl.
A PREDATOR who admitted to exchanging a vape for pornographic Snapchat videos from a 13-year-old girl has been given the maximum sentence allowed by law.
After pleading guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, Michael Ray Beam, 32, was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison on Thursday.
After serving out his prison sentence, the Texarkana, Arkansas, man will be subject to permanent monitoring.
The Department of Justice reported that the victim claimed Beam had exchanged a “vape” device for explicit photos and videos of herself performing sexual acts.
Beam “had been able to see the victim’s real-time physical location, at her Texarkana, Arkansas, residence, thanks to the Snapchat service.”
Beam was arrested in September 2020.
According to Law and Crime, his phone’s “My Collections” folder held videos of child sexual abuse.
Authorities found a folder on the phone labeled “My Collections,” inside of which they discovered several other folders, some of which were named after women’s first names. In one of those folders, investigators located nine ‘mp4.’ digital video files,” according to the plea agreement filed by the government, which was filed in March 2022.
Each of the nine videos is what’s known as a “screen-capture recording,” and it shows exactly what was on the Defendant’s phone screen at the time.
Beam’s cooperation in drafting his own guilty plea was also acknowledged in the agreement.
One of the nine videos captured by the phone’s screen shows the defendant “activating his phone’s screen-side digital camera, causing his face to be briefly displayed on the phone’s screen, and thus be recorded as part of that video,” according to the filing.
According to the paperwork, Beam also knew the girl he was soliciting for the pornographic Snapchat videos was only 13 years old.
The minor female’s “current physical location at the time of the above-described exchange,” which was on a specific residential street in Miller County, Arkansas, was viewable by Beam, as stated in the plea agreement.
Authorities were able to track down the home and speak with the girl’s mother, who verified that the child depicted in the photos and videos found on Beam’s phone was in fact her own.
According to Law and Crime, Beam was still in the custody of the Miller County Sheriff’s Office as recently as Friday.