Moses Lake man sentenced to 50 years for child pornography

SPOKANE, Wash. — A Moses Lake man has been sentenced to 50 years in federal prison for conspiracy to produce, production and possession of child pornography.

Ukrainian citizen and Moses Lake resident Mikhail Yuriy Ageyev pleaded guilty to the charges in October. Senior United States District Judge Wm. Fremming Nielsen sentenced Ageyev to 50 years in prison and lifetime court supervision after his release.

Law enforcement reportedly received CyberTips from Twitter and Microsoft about Ageyev’s internet activity.

CyberTips are reports filed to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), who then determine which law enforcement agency to forward the information to, based on location. The Moses Lake Police Department received CyberTips regarding Ageyev beginning on October 30, 2017, which they quickly followed up on with a series of search warrants on his online accounts.

Moses Lake Police then executed search warrants at Ageyev’s home on November 18, 2017, where he admitted to having child pornography on his phone, exchanged links, images, and other videos with others online, and had himself taken explicit photos of a child.

Ageyev was taken into custody after this, where a further investigation revealed that his girlfriend, Katrina Michelle Maradee Adams, was also involved in the production of child pornography.

Adams pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce and distribution of child pornography in January 2019, and agreed to testify against Ageyev at his trial. She will be sentenced in February.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, this case was pursued as part of Project Safe Childhood, an initiative to counter child sexual exploitation and abuse. It involves the integration of federal, state and local efforts to investigate and prosecute these cases, as well as training law enforcement agents and increasing public awareness to sexual exploitation.