guy and want to chat.” Detective Smith replied and identified himself as a fourteen-year-old girl
from Texas. During this first chat, Quinn sent Detective Smith seven videos and two photographs
depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit activity.
In December 2004, Quinn contacted Detective Smith numerous times to chat, believing he
was a fourteen-year-old girl, and sent approximately forty-nine photographs and eleven videos that
all contained sexually explicit images of minors. On January 20, February 2, March 8, and April 1,
2005, Quinn sent the detective a number of similar videos and photographs. During the course of
the various chats, Quinn discussed meeting the fourteen-year-old in person to engage in sexual
activity with her.
On April 22, 2005, after police identified Quinn as the person using the screen name and
computer linked to the on-line communications with Detective Smith, they executed a search warrant
at his residence in Henderson, Kentucky. A preliminary analysis of the computers and storage media
seized by agents in the search revealed hundreds of images of minors engaged in sexually explicit
conduct. After being advised of his constitutional rights, Quinn admitted to acquiring, possessing,
and distributing child pornography. Quinn stated that he had engaged in on-line chats with ten to
twelve people he believed to be children and had sent them images of child pornography.
On December 6, 2005, Quinn pleaded guilty to thirteen counts of knowingly distributing
child pornography in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 2552A(a)(2) and 2552A(b)(1) and one count of
knowingly possessing child pornography in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2552(a)(4)(B). For Quinn’s
thirteen counts of distribution, the statute requires a mandatory minimum of five years imprisonment
Quinn and the United States entered into an agreed order of settlement on the fifteenth count
of the indictment, which concerned the forfeiture of real and personal property. The forfeiture issue
is not involved in this appeal.