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Feds: Livonia Man Used Fake Modeling Agency To Get Nude Pics Of Underage Girls

June 19, 2018 - 5:43 pm
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DETROIT (WWJ) - A Livonia man will serve time in federal prison after authorities say he received child pornography under the guise of running a modeling agency.

Ryan Ulman, 29, was sentenced Tuesday to 125 months, or more than 10 years, behind bars by U.S. District Judge Matthew Leitman

As part of a plea agreement, Ulman admitted that on August 16, 2017, he requested that a 17-year-old girl create and send him images of herself that constituted child pornography.

The feds say Ulman also confessed that he solicited "naked photographs and sexual photographs" from females, some of them underage, by promising that they would make to $100,000 per year from his modeling agency, which did not exist. 

In fact, the U.S. Attorney's Office says, Ulman had no legitimate modeling clients and kept the pictures "for his personal use."

"Ulman's preference is girls 13 years old and up," an FBI agent wrote in a court filing, according to the Detroit News. 

The case was investigated by the Northeast Michigan Trafficking and Exploitation Crimes Task Force (NEMTEC) and was prosecuted by Christopher Rawsthorne of the U.S. Attorney's Office. 

Authorities continue to urge parents to talk to their kids about how to stay safe online. Parents looking for tips can visit this link where the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children provides a comprehensive list of resources that can help.  If you have information regarding possible child sexual exploitation, report it to the CyberTipLine HERE.