50-Year-Old North Carolina Man Convicted of Coming Here to Have Sex with 15-Year-Old Girl
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The MNPD’s investigation of a North Carolina man on child pornography charges today resulted in his conviction by a Nashville federal court jury on all criminal counts.
James Frei, 50, of Union Mills, North Carolina, was indicted in March 2017 and charged with multiple counts including production and transportation of child pornography, on-line enticement of a minor and traveling to have sex with a minor.
According to evidence and testimony at trial, in July 2016, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) received a cyber-tip from Facebook regarding an adult male engaging in sexually explicit conversations with a minor female, later identified as a 15 year-old living in Nashville. The conversations indicated that the adult may have already traveled to Nashville to have sex with the minor female. This information was relayed to the MNPD for further investigation.
Sex Crimes Detective Mike Adkins, who is assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, interviewed the minor and learned that she had met the man, later identified as Frei, in May 2016 through a teen chat room on Facebook and that he had traveled to Nashville multiple times in May 2016 and went to her house after her father had left for work, where they engaged in sexual activity. The minor female was then driven to a nearby park where they again engaged in sexual activity. Frei returned to Nashville for a few days in June 2016 and, on two occasions, took the minor to a hotel near the airport and engaged in sexual activity. Detective Adkins also learned that Frei had recorded the sexual encounters with his cell phone.
A subsequent search warrant served at Frei’s North Carolina home resulted in the seizure of his cell phone and the forensic examination of it by MNPD electronics expert Chad Gish. Detective Gish found numerous images and videos of Frei engaging in sex with the minor female.
Frei faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced on May 20, 2019. The production of child pornography charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Katy Risinger and Christopher Suedekum.