Kalamazoo Registered Sex Offender Facing 15 Years in Federal Prison in Connection with Child Pornography Charges

Derik Eugene Rothrock, a 34-year-old registered sex offender from Kalamazoo, is expected to spend at least 15 years in federal prison for allegedly receiving child pornography, according to news reports at Mlive.com. Rothrock was expected to be in Grand Rapids federal court on Friday March 7 where he would plead guilty to a single count superseding indictment charging him with receipt of child pornography.3d-illustration-of-computer-technologies--concept-notebook-1398484-m

News reports claim Rothrock persuaded three young girls to send naked photos of themselves to him via text message in 2013. Rothrock was charged with one count each of committing a felony involving a minor while required to register as a sex offender, possession of child pornography, and four counts of sexual exploitation of a child. These charges will be dismissed when Rothrock is sentenced under the terms of a plea agreement the defendant signed on February 26.

Rothrock is alleged to have had the girls, who were 12, 14, and 15, send him nude photos using their cell phones. This activity occurred in July of last year in St. Joseph and Kalamazoo counties. The defendant also took a sexually explicit photo of the 14-year-old girl using his own cell phone, according to the indictment.

Due to his prior conviction for second-degree CSC in Branch County, Rothrock potentially faces enhanced penalties and may be sentenced to a maximum of 40 years in prison according to the plea agreement. He will spend at least 15 years in prison.

Criminal penalties for sex-related offenses are extremely harsh in Michigan. As is evidenced above, those who are registered sex offenders face penalties which are even more harsh. Regardless of whether an individual has been convicted of a sex crime in the past, charges of first-degree criminal conduct, the most serious of all, will leave a defendant potentially facing spending the rest of his or her life behind bars.

If you have been accused of sexual assault, child molestation or pornography, rape, or any related crime, do not hesitate before consulting with an experienced and dedicated Michigan sex crime defense attorney.

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