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Man charged with sexually assaulting teen he met online


A 25-year-old man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges he lured a Las Vegas Valley youth to a meeting, sexually assaulted her and then attempted to exploit her with pornographic images that he had taken during their encounter, court records show.

Kenton Hardy King initially was arrested by Henderson police in early June, according to an arrest report filed in Henderson Justice Court and obtained Tuesday by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He was indicted by a federal grand jury on sexual exploitation of a child and other felony charges on Dec. 15.

The Henderson arrest report states King met a Las Vegas Valley teen online, obtained her phone number and personal information, then informed the youth “now I own you.”

The document states King then met with the child, sexually abused her, produced pornographic images from the encounter and threatened to “sell her on Tinder.” Police said King threatened to send the images to her friends and family if she didn’t comply with his demands.

“Kenton created a Tinder account for her and told her that he was going to sell her on Tinder and that she needed to make $200 by the ninth of June,” police said.

The matter was reported to police on June 2. Within days police were able to use cellphone data to identify where the sex assault occurred, the address of which was blacked out in a police report. Police went to the residence and tracked down King.

According to police, King acknowledged the contact with the juvenile and said it was his plan to “satisfy a sadomasochistic fantasy where he could be a master and have a submissive female as a sex slave.”

He was initially arrested in Henderson on suspicion of producing pornography with a minor, kidnapping, sex assault, lewd act committed by person over 18 with a child 14 or 15, luring a child using computer technology, child abuse and neglect, and possession of visual pornography of a person younger than 16. Federal court records show a grand jury indictment charges King with coercion and enticement, sex exploitation of a child, attempt sex trafficking of children and possession of child pornography.

The federal court records list Las Vegas lawyer Michael Becker as King’s attorney. Becker could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday by email or phone.

King has pleaded not guilty to the federal charges.

This is a developing story. Please check back for details.

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