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Gardnerville man sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexually exploiting a minor

Staff Report

A 26-year-old Gardnerville man has been sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison for sexually exploiting a minor.

Stephan DeGraffenreid was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Howard McKibben. DeGraffenreid admitted one count of sexual exploitation of a minor and two counts of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor in September. He could have faced up to 45 years in prison.

According to the criminal complaint, child pornography was found on a computer tablet at the Heavenly Ski Resort Children's Ski School. The device belonged to DeGraffenreid, a former employee at the resort, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre.

That device justified a search warrant for DeGraddenreid's residence.

During the Jan. 26 search of DeGraffenreid's home, officers with the Northern Nevada Online Child Exploitation Task Force found a thumb drive containing explicit images of children taken in the restroom of a Gardnerville childcare facility.

DeGraffenreid admitted to taking the sexually explicit photos of the children found on the thumb drive, Myhre said.

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DeGraffenreid must be supervised for life upon his release.