KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) - A Kalamazoo man who asked three girls to send him nude photos of themselves last summer was sentenced today to 40 years in federal prison.
U.S. District Judge Janet Neff sentenced Derik Eugene Rothrock to the maximum term available, based on a prior conviction of sexually assaulting a minor.
Federal authorities in January charged Rothrock with sending text messages to girls aged 12, 14 and 15, asking that they send him sexually explicit images of themselves.
The 15-year-old girl sent Rothrock sexually explicit photos of herself, court records show. He was also charged with sexual exploitation of a child for taking photos of a nude 14-year-old girl.
In a text message to the 12-year-old girl, Rothrock wrote "U R cute . . . can I get some pics of u?'' according to federal court documents.