A Lindsborg man was charged in federal court Friday for traveling to the Philippines to film and sell footage of himself having sex with a minor, according to a news release from Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall.
Anthony Shultz, 53, was charged with one count of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place, one count of producing child pornography, one count of distributing child pornography and one count of identity theft.
According to court documents, Shultz traveled to the Philippines sometime between December 2014 and April 2015, during which time he filmed and live-streamed himself having sex with a 13-year-old girl.
Authorities in the Philippines alerted the FBI in April that a U.S. citizen, Shultz, was selling child pornography on the internet.
The Philippine authorities conducted an interview with a reporter doing a documentary on cybersex abuse in the Philippines who had had contact with Shultz through Skype, according to court documents. The reporter had paid Shultz for footage of the encounter and subsequently provided it to a private nonprofit.
Through a series of subpoenas on Shultz’s electronic accounts, authorities were able to pinpoint him in Lindsborg.
FBI agents executed a search warrant at Shultz’s house on Wednesday.
During an interview, he admitted to traveling to the Philippines, having sex with the girl, filming it and selling footage to the reporter. He also admitted to using another person’s personal information to set up a PayPal account through which he made the illicit transactions.
Shultz told agents that “during and after” his sexual encounters with the girl in the Philippines, he provided her and her sister food, clothing and computer equipment.
If convicted, Shultz faces up to 30 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on the charge of traveling for sex with a minor, not less than 15 years and not more than 30 years and a fine of up to $250,000 on the charge of producing child pornography, not less than five years and not more than 20 years on the charge of distributing child pornography, and a maximum penalty of five years and a fine of up to $250,000 on the identity theft charge.