PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- United States Attorney's office announced that Judge Nancy Torresen sentenced a Lewiston man Monday to 25 years in prison and supervised release for life for sexual exploitation of a child.
The Attorney's Office said Derek Hinkley, also known as Ethan, invited two boys, ages 12 and 15, to spend the night at his apartment in July 2012. He told the boys he was 18-years-old. Once the boys arrived at the apartment, Hinkley showed them pornography on his laptop and then forced both to masturbate and play with a sex toy at knifepoint. On July 18, 2012, shortly after midnight, Hinkley used his computer's webcam to capture and disseminate live online the image of the older boy masturbating. The next day, detectives searched Hinkley's apartment and seized the computer and sex toy. A forensic analysis of the computer revealed the timing of the webcam use matched with the victims' story. On July 20, 2012, Hinkley confessed to the crime.
The Attorney's office said Derek Hinkley, also known as "Ethan Hinkley," 30, pleaded guilty on January 30, 2014. The charge required imposition of a mandatory minimum 15 year term in prison.
"You do have a very serious problem and I can't be comfortable that others will be protected unless I give you a very serious sentence," said Judge Torreson during the sentencing.
The Lewiston Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation.