RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4c.om) -- A man with a prior federal child pornography conviction in California has been sentenced to 22½ years in prison and lifetime supervised release for his guilty plea to soliciting children over the Internet for sex, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.
Bogden says Vincent Charles Fasone, 44, of Fernley, Nev., was sentenced on Wed., May 22, 2013. Fasone pleaded guilty on Jan. 31, 2013, to one count of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor and one count of commission of a felony sex offense by an individual required to register as a sex offender. Under federal law, each count carries a minimum mandatory 10 years in prison, and the repeat sex offender count must be served consecutively.
On Sept. 11, 2012, a detective with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, who was working on the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, began an undercover investigation on an Internet chat site looking for targets who were soliciting minor children for sex. The detective says Fasone, often using the screen name, “Guysmiley,” was observed in various chat rooms. Over the next couple of days, the undercover detective, posing as an interested father of a young girl, had multiple online conversations with Fasone. The detective says Fasone expressed his desire to have sex with young girls. The detective then made arrangements to meet Fasone at an apartment complex in Sparks on Sept. 20, 2012. Fasone thought he was meeting the father and the father’s seven-year-old daughter and 12-year old female babysitter for sex. Fasone was arrested as he went to the apartment.
Fasone was convicted in 1998 in the Southern District of California of receipt of child pornography and sentenced to four years in prison.