Say out loud that Jordan James Kirby is from Paradise, and it doesn’t sound right, even though he is from the Butte County town.
There was a lot that hadn’t sounded right to U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. about Kirby, a guy who used various identities on Facebook to offer $3,000 to $4,000 to women and girls for lascivious and sexually explicit photographs of them, purportedly so he could submit the photos to a modeling agency. Instead he sometimes used the photos to extort or attempt to extort sex acts with the victims.
The judge was disturbed by accounts of stomach-turning descriptions of predatory acts, including statutory rape, in which Kirby engaged.
Thus, mercy was not on the menu Friday at a hearing in Sacramento federal court, where Burrell gave Kirby 29 years in prison. Now 23, Kirby will be almost 50 when he gets out, even if he qualifies for the maximum reduction of 54 days a year for good behavior. Parole has been abolished in the federal system.
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“His conduct is reprehensible,” said Monica Miller, special agent in charge of the FBI in the Eastern District of California. “Kirby committed his crimes by exploiting the anonymity and distance of Internet communications. This case highlights the need for family dialogue about the potential dangers of online interaction. …
“In this case, prompt response from the victims’ parents enabled law enforcement to identify Kirby,” Miller said.
The investigation and prosecution was initiated as part of Project Safe Childhood, launched nationally in May 2006 by the U.S. Department of Justice “to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse,” according to Eastern District U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner.
Kirby pleaded guilty on March 6 to two counts of enticement of a minor, one count of attempted enticement of a minor, and three counts of attempted production of child pornography. The victims were between the ages of 10 and 15. As part of a plea bargain, Assistant U.S. Attorney Sherry Hartel Haus agreed to recommend 29 years of incarceration. His exposure was up to life in prison based on his guilty plea to the enticement counts.
As part of his deal with prosecutors, Kirby signed off on the contents of a written recitation of his crimes.
For example, he admitted contacting a girl in Butte County on Nov. 30, 2011, through Facebook, with a question: “want to make 3000$(?)” He followed up with: “would you be interested in modeling? 1500-5000$ day.”
The girl replied, “what kind of modeling?”
Kirby, alternately using the names “Tavus Cole” and “travis cole,” answered, “we have 3 different types of shoots … lingerie, Sexy swimwear and naked.”
“I don’t think I could do any of those for multiple reasons,” the girl wrote back. “1. I’m 15. 2. I don’t know where you work.”
Kirby persisted, “victorias secret magazine … and 2 ur old enough for lingerie and sexy swimwear … and possible nude art but u wont be naked.”
After several days of conversation, the girl sent 10 pictures taken with her phone showing her naked and emailed them to “travis cole.”
Kirby admitted that, after almost 16 months of communication, he finally convinced the girl to have sex with him in exchange for his agreement not to show the photos to her parents.
Two months after that, Kirby wanted to have sex with her again, but the girl rejected the idea.
Kirby responded, “ok then pics goin up!” on the Internet.
In the face of that threat, the girl gave in.
Denny Walsh: (916) 321-1189