Former National Guardsman sentenced to 17 years in prison for child pornography


A former Minnesota National Guardsman was sentenced to 210 months in prison for convincing a 14-year-old girl t0 send him sexually explicit photos while he was deployed to Afghanistan, the Justice Department announced.

Andrew Schiller, 28, of Lakeville, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson of the District of Minnesota, who ordered that he also serve a lifetime term of supervised release and pay restitution to the victim.

He pleaded guilty in September of last year to one count of production of child pornography. He was originally charged back in March.

According to the indictment, Schiller contacted the girl over Skype from September of 2013 to January 2014 and asked her to send him explicit photos, which she did.

According to KSTP, prosecutors alleged that Schiller used several social media sites like Facebook, Skype, Meet Me, MyLOL and KIK to ask dozens of girls between 13-and-17 years-old to send him photos.

Prosecutors say he would send sexually-explicit images of himself and would at times promise them money or alcohol in exchange for the explicit messages, including photos and videos.

The Pioneer Press notes Schiller enlisted in the national guard in February 2007. He was deployed with the Litchfield-based 849th Mobility Augmentation Company to Afghanistan in August 2013.

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