Florida man who exchanged sexually explicit messages with 9-year-old sentenced to life in prison

Scott Trader, 32, was sentenced to life in prison for multiple child pornography and sexual abuse charges.


A Florida man was sentenced to life in federal prison on Thursday, after pleading guilty to multiple child pornography and sexual abuse charges and it is thanks to a father more than 700 miles away that decided to search his 9-year-old daughter of the smartphone.

Federal investigators said the Thomasville, North Carolina father sought his daughter’s phone earlier this year and was shocked to find sexually explicit chatter between his daughter and a person named “Scott” on the “SayHi” application on her phone.

On 30 May, the father’s contact with the local police who brought in Homeland Security in the investigation, the Miami Herald reported.


On the phone, researchers have found that in the conversations, someone with the name “Scott” repeatedly asked for nude photos of the girl. At a given moment, after they sent him a fully clothed snapshots and told him of her age, “Scott”, said: “Oh, you’re very big for your age, You look sexy in those pajamas.”

Investigators said the girl eventually did send at least two photos to expose parts of her body. In response, “Scott” victim “of a child pornography video using SayHi” and a video of himself masturbating.

Using the SayHi profile and an associated user name for the “Kik” app, the researchers were able to track down “Scott,” identifying him as a Scott Dealer, 32, Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Researchers were able to discover Trader’s criminal history includes a 2012 arrest for promoting the sexual performance of a child, lewd behavior and possession of child pornography. The indictment was withdrawn. Instead, he pleaded no contest and had withheld adjunction to felony child neglect.

In December of the same year he was arrested for lewd behaviour — the killing of a victim younger than 12 years old. In that case, it remains open, the Miami Herald reported.


On June 1, Homeland Security investigators executed a search warrant on the Trader’s home and found 10 media-memory sticks, three phones, an external hard drive and a laptop of all child pornography, some with a 2-year-old in his care.

The researchers said since at least November 2014 until May 2017, Dealer video-recorded himself sexually abusing two underage girls entrusted to his care.

Trader distributed large quantities of these images to others online.

On Sept. 29, Trader pleaded guilty to the seduction of a minor to sexual activity; the distribution of materials with visual depictions of sexual exploitation of minors; possession of matter containing visual depictions of sexual exploitation of minors; and the production of materials with visual depictions of sexual exploitation of minors.

Trader was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang

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