A New York man admits to sex crimes against several children under the age of five - crimes that could land him behind bars for up to 550 years.
Jason Kopp (click here to see his picture) pleaded guilty Friday morning to more than 22 counts, ranging from child exploitation, to child pornography possession and distribution, involving three children - a 4-year-old girl, a 2-year-old boy, and the youngest - a 16-month-old little girl.
According to The Post-Standard, Kopp also had hundreds of lewd images and videos of other children in his possession.
The federal investigation started when 40-year-old Kopp was allegedly dating 23-year-old Emily Oberst, an aide at All Saints School in Syracuse, where at least one of the victims reportedly attended.
Oberst was immediately fired and now faces her own charges of child exploitation.
CNY Central reports that Oberst admits to taking sexually explicit photos of the youngest victim, which she sent to Kopp via the controversial phone app, Kik. "Kopp told investigators he had access to the baby from when she was 6 days old. Some of the pictures reportedly show him in sexual contact with the baby, who is now 16 months old," the article states.
Kopp then shared those pictures with an undercover FBI agent.
The US Department of Justice released this statement after the couple's arrest in March, "Today's charges are the result of the combined efforts of several law enforcement agencies that are committed to ending the sexual exploitation of our most innocent citizens," said Special Agent in Charge Andrew W. Vale. "Our children deserve to be safe from alleged predators such as Kopp and Oberst, and the FBI will continue to work tirelessly with our law enforcement partners to stop and ultimately prevent such evil acts."
Oberst is scheduled for trial in August.
Kopp heads back to court for sentencing in mid September.
While he faces a maximum of 550 years behind bars and a $250,000 fine, the minimum sentence he could receive will be 250 years in prison.
Either way, he goes away for good.
Child porn detection is on the rise - up nearly 50% in one area, according to the BBC. You will be caught, it's just a matter of time.
While many child molesters suffer from mental illness or were molested as children themselves, that doesn't make the crime excusable - not by a long shot.
Some argue that those criminals cannot be treated, however this article from Good Therapy lists several ways child molesters can seek help.
And, parents, here are some signs to look for about whether someone is targeting your child, and how to talk to them.
One of the top signs is an adult or teen, typically a male, giving your child unnecessary gifts or showing excessive attention.