A Mammoth Lakes man was arraigned in federal court Wednesday on a grand jury indictment that charged him with attempted production of child pornography and attempted enticement of a minor.
Gene Wayne Harris, 41, is accused of attempting to produce child pornography, and attempting to entice a minor to engage in prohibited sexual conduct, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner said.
Harris is a registered sex offender.
According to the indictment and statements made in court, between March 1-8, Harris communicated with a person he believed to be a 14-year-old girl. This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Mono County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Reardon is prosecuting the case.
Because Harris has a prior conviction for sexual battery in violation of California law, if Harris is convicted of the production charge in the indictment, he faces a statutory penalty of 25 to 50 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and a lifetime period of supervised release. If convicted of the enticement charge, he faces 10 years to life in prison, a fine of $250,000, and a lifetime period of supervised release. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.