Soldier at Ft. Wainwright convicted of child pornography charges

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Published: Dec. 13, 2017 at 12:57 PM AKST
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An investigation dating back to 2014 concluded with a guilty finding for a former Fort Wainwright soldier for distributing and transporting child pornography.

The investigation began with a Craigslist ad, posted by Kaleb Basey, 27, titled, “any dads or moms want to share a daughter with me for the night?”

Authorities in Fairbanks were tipped off to the Jan. 2014 advertisement, due to concern that actual minors could be in danger. Within 24 hours, prosecutors say, its posting was traced back to Basey, a then-active duty soldier at Ft. Wainwright.

Alaska State Troopers, along with FBI and the Army Criminal Investigation Division, searched Basey's room within the barracks. There, they found multiple other Craigslist posts, similarly advertising for sex with young girls.

In a statement released by the Alaska district attorney, replies to these ads were recovered. In the email responses, some included child pornography, and a nude selfie of Basey.

Prosecutors say he told one person he was emailing that he "enjoyed watching movies that showed 'young girls 5-15yo'" performing sex acts with adults.

Basey was found guilty on both charges, each carrying a range of sentencing from five to 20 years behind bars, in addition to fines of $250,000.

Basey's sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 23, 2018 in Fairbanks.