The FBI has identified eight children in the Tampa Bay area who were coerced into sexual acts used in videos; a predator was sentenced.
TAMPA, FL — A 31-year-old Wesley Chapel man is headed to prison for life after pleading guilty in March to using social media to coerce children into sex acts that were then shared online.
U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven sentenced Clayton Everett Colborn Friday to life in federal prison for enticement and coercion of a minor to engage in sexual activity, using minors to produce child sexual abuse images and videos, and possessing child sexual abuse material.
The court also ordered Colborn to forfeit a cell phone, which was used in crime.
According to court documents, between 2018 and 2020, Colborn used a social networking application to find minors to engage in sex acts. Colborn, who was between the ages of 27 and 28 at the time of his offenses, created a fictitious profile name, “Jason Rich,” and claimed to be 16 years old.
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The social networking application is designed to help people make friends and has two age groups based on the user’s profile: ages 13 to 17 years old, and 18 years and older.
Using the fictitious profile, the FBI said Colborn met the victims in the 13- to 17-year-old age group and enticed them into having sex with him at various locations throughout the Middle District of Florida, including in his car, a black Corvette, his apartment and his victims’ homes.
In one instance, the Ocoee Police Department caught Colborn in a public park in the middle of the night with a child. Police said Colborn’s pants were unzipped at the time officers chased and apprehended him in the park. Law enforcement officers obtained DNA evidence, which showed that Colborn had engaged in sex with the child.
To date, the FBI has identified and interviewed eight children living in the Tampa Bay area who were victimized by Colborn.
During the investigation, the FBI obtained a federal search warrant for Colborn’s iCloud account and found approximately 30 videos and 81 images that Colborn had produced of himself sexually abusing girls between the ages of 13 and 17 years old.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Tampa and Jacksonville Divisions), the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, the Ocoee Police Department and the Tampa Police Department.