Between 2017 and 2020, 58-year-old Karl Quilter tricked at least nine young girls in the Philippines into producing sexual images and then sending them to him.
He found his prey thousands of miles from home. A 58-year-old man was sentenced to 30 years in prison in the United States for several years for inciting minors in the Philippines to send him sexual photos and videos, American justice announced on Friday.
Karl Quilter, an American from Chicago, was arrested in November 2020 and pleaded guilty last year to sexual exploitation of minors, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois said.
He was sentenced Friday to 30 years in federal prison, the prosecution said in a statement.
“Think of your little sister”
Between 2017 and 2020, the man had instigated at least nine young girls in the Philippines to produce sexual images and then send them to him via online messaging or social networks such as Facebook, Viber or Skype.
He had “used the victims’ financial hardship to prey on them, sending wire transfers to the victims’ families to entice young girls to record the footage,” the statement said.
In a leaked message from CBS to a 16-year-old victim in 2020, Quilter promised to send money for medicine and food if she complied with his demands. “Think of your little sister eating three meals a day for two weeks,” he wrote.
“It was not a one-off mistake”
“Victim to victim, message to message, the defendant used social media and the internet to target and manipulate young Filipino girls,” Assistant Federal Prosecutor Ashley Chung said in a sentencing memo. by Karl Quilter.
“It was not a one-time mistake, but several years of abuse and exploitation of minors,” she added.