Gardnerville man sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexually exploiting a minor
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.
DeGraffenreid must be supervised for life upon his release.