EVANSVILLE, Ind.–A man from Evansville will serve 15 years in federal prison after he pled guilty to distributing material that showed the sexual abuse of a child.
Police say Chris Lynn Carder II, 36, told an undercover agent from Salt Lake City, Utah in 2019 that he was interested in sex with children and sent two videos of minors engaged in sexual activity. They found that Carder was using the social networking application Kik and had the username “clcarder.” Carder had contacted the agent using Kik and that username.
They eventually got a search warrant and say they found “sexual abuse materials” on Carder’s cellphones in March 2020. Investigators say Carder admitted to them that he used the “clcarder” account on Kik to send materials showing the sexual abuse of children. Some of the images and videos they found on Carder showed children under the age of 12. Some of them were also involved in sadistic or masochistic conduct along with other depictions of violence.
Along with the prison sentence, Carder has to pay the exploitation victims $6,000 in restitution. Carder must also register as a sex offender wherever he lives, works, or goes to school, as required by law.
In the fiscal year 2019, the most recent year for which data is available, the Southern District of Indiana said it was second out of the 94 federal districts in the country for the number of child sexual exploitation cases prosecuted.