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Vermilion Co. man sentenced in child sex abuse case

A vermilion County man was sentenced in a child sex abuse case.

 

Coenraad Cromhoudt, 48, of Cayuga, was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to distribution and receipt of child sexual abuse material.

 

According to court documents, on July 24, 2021, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents were conducting undercover chat operations on the social media application Kik, in a chatroom known to be used by adult men looking for underage girls to exchange child sexual abuse material. An adult male later identified as Cromhoudt initiated a short conversation with a special agent posing as a 13-year-old girl living in Arizona.

 

On August 1, 2021, Cromhoudt sent another message inquiring about age and other information. Knowing that the “girl” was thirteen, the chat quickly turned sexual in nature. During this chat, Cromhoudt sent the “girl” naked pictures of himself, videos of pre-pubescent girls being sexually abused by adult men, and adult pornography. Cromhoudt said some of the videos depicted him abusing the children. In court, Cromhoudt admitted he sent the sexually explicit videos to the “girl,” in part, to convince “her” that he had had previously had sex with children and they enjoyed it.

 

Over the next two months, Cromhoudt routinely sent sexually explicit messages, videos, and photos during chats with the “girl.” Cromhoudt even tried planning to meet in Arizona to have sex with the “13-year-old girl.”

 

On October 28, 2021, agents executed a search warrant at Cromhoudt’s residence in Cayuga.  Cromhoudt was interviewed by investigators and admitted to receiving sexually explicit files using Kik and said he shared the files with others. He also acknowledged that he was the person chatting with the undercover special agent. In addition to the numerous videos Cromhoudt sent to the undercover agent in the Kik chat, Cromhoudt also possessed child sexual abuse material in a Google account, including a video of an adult male raping an infant girl.

 

The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge James Patrick Hanlon. As part of the sentence, Judge Hanlon ordered that Cromhoudt be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for 15 years following his release from federal prison and must also register as a sex offender wherever he lives, works, or goes to school, as required by law.

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