Lewiston man gets 25 years behind bars for sexually exploiting a minor

Posted July 29, 2014, at 10:04 a.m.
Last modified July 29, 2014, at 1:52 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Lewiston man will spend 25 years behind bars and the rest of his life under supervised release after pleading guilty to sexual exploitation of a minor, officials said Tuesday.

Derek Hinkley, 30, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court by Judge Nancy Torresen, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Hinkley pleaded guilty to the charge on January 30.

In July of 2012, Hinkley invited two teenage boys, 12 and 15, to spend the night at his apartment. He told the teens he was 18 years old.

Upon the boys arriving, Hinkley used a laptop computer to show the teens pornography and threatened both with a knife while forcing them to masturbate. He recorded the older boy and disseminated the video on the internet.

After police searched his apartment the next day and examined his computer, Hinkley confessed to his actions.

The charge required a mandatory 15-year prison term, but in handing down the sentence, Torresen told Hinkley, “You do have a very serious problem and I can’t be comfortable that others will be protected unless I give you a very serious sentence.”

Once he completes his prison term, Hinkley will be under supervised release for the rest of his life.

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