A 66-year-old Manistee man who amassed a collection of child pornography and took lewd photos of young girls in exchange for chocolate was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in federal prison.
“This was a serious offense with lifelong consequences for the victims and their families,’’ Assistant U.S. Attorney Tessa K. Hessmiller wrote in a sentencing memorandum.
William Alan Schock pleaded guilty in June to sexual exploitation of a child for taking sexually-explicit photos of an eight-year-old girl in his Manistee County home in September 2013.
The offense is punishable by between 15 and 30 years in prison.
Federal prosecutors sought a lengthy sentence, saying Schock groomed and manipulated two little girls starting when they were six years old.
“Both of these children trusted him and he manipulated them into playing his picture-taking ‘game’ and modeling nude for his sexual pleasure,’’ Hessmiller wrote in a sentencing memorandum.
Once he gets out of prison, Schock will have to serve five years on supervised release. U.S. District Court Judge Robert Holmes Bell also ordered that he pay $25,000 in restitution.
Investigators say he engaged in the illicit conduct between October 2011 and April 2015.
“These two little girls are not sisters and the pieces of their two separate families are currently being put back together in the aftermath of finding out that they were so deeply betrayed by someone they truly trusted,’’ Hessmiller wrote.
Schock, who also has a home in Arizona, was indicted earlier this year on charges including sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography. A criminal complaint says the illegal activity went on for nearly four years, ending with his September 2015 arrest.
A search of his home turned up four DVDs filled with child pornography. The DVDs contained images of two prepubescent children posing naked in Schock’s Manistee County home between October 2011 and April 2015, federal court records show.
Police also found several child pornography videos showing known child victims, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The videos depict children engaged in sex acts with adults.
Under a plea agreement, the U.S. Attorney’s Office agreed to drop four other counts and will not pursue charges for child pornography seized from his home in Tucson, Ariz.
The investigation got underway Aug. 27, 2015, when Michigan State Police received a complaint from Child Protective Services. The father of a young girl reported that his daughter said Schock “does weird stuff to her,’’ making her feel uncomfortable.
“She stated that Schock photographed her naked in exchange for chocolate,’’ Homeland Security Investigations agent Timothy Kruithoff wrote in a criminal complaint. The girl also disclosed that Schock asked her to “model’’ and “act sexy’’ while he photographed her in a bathing suit and naked, Kruithoff wrote.
Schock told investigators the girl posed voluntarily “and thought it was a fun game to pose and see the photographs on the display screen of his camera,’’ Kruithoff wrote. “He admitted that he probably told her to look beautiful and look sexy during the photos to encourage her with some of the poses.’’
Schock conceded that some of the photos were “a little bit mature and a little over the top on pictures for a little kid,’’ the criminal complaint states.
He told the girl to model “commando,’’ meaning naked, but said he never touched her inappropriately, the agent wrote.
The Manistee Country Prosecutor’s Office charged Schock with possession of child sexually abusive material for porn recovered from his home during a Sept. 1, 2015, search. Under the federal plea agreement, state charges were dropped.