A Newark man faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison for traveling across state lines to have sex with a minor.
A federal jury in Philadelphia found 34-year-old Christopher Steele guilty on three counts in the child exploitation case. A sentencing date hasn’t been scheduled, but Steele’s sentence could range from ten years to life in prison.
Prosecutors said Steele, who also goes by the name Mike Dozor, found his victim via a social networking cell phone app and traveled from Delaware to Pennsylvania to have sex with the victim.
“Child sexual exploitation crimes are among [Homeland Security Investigations] highest priorities,” said John Kelleghan, special agent in charge for HSI Philadelphia. “We will continue to relentlessly pursue predators who sexually abuse children, whether that abuse is physical in nature or if it’s accomplished by exploiting their images.”
The case was investigated by HSI, which is a part of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, along with the Montgomery County, Pa. District Attorney’s Office and Limerick Twp. Police.