El Dorado Man Sentenced to 17 Years for Sexually Exploiting Minor

By KOLR10 News

Published 07/22 2014 04:56PM

Updated 07/22 2014 05:01PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – An El Dorado Springs man was sentenced to 17 years in federal prison without parole Tuesday for sexually exploiting a minor.

Bryan Lee Courtney, 24, of El Dorado Springs, was sentenced after he pleaded guilty in February to using a minor to produce child pornography.

According to U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri Tammy Dickinson, Courtney admitted to using his cell phone to make a video recording of himself having sex with a 15 year old.

A search warrant at Courtney’s home on Jan. 8, 2013 led police to seize several cell phones, iPods and other digital media. Investigators found two videos on one of the cell phones of Courtney and the minor having sexual contact.

Investigators also found several nude or partially nude photographs of the minor victim.

According to court documents, Courtney actively tried to isolate the victim from both her family and friends through physical and psychological intimidation.

The documents say Courtney took pictures and video of his sexual exploitation to both brag about his sexual conquest and to isolate the victim from her friends and family.

He displayed the videos and pictures to his friends and co-workers and to the victim’s friends. Courtney also sent an image of the naked victim to her father after he had been charged in state court with statutory rape.

As part of the federal indictment, Courtney must pay $1,494 in restitution to the victim for counseling.

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