DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — A Fort Walton Beach man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Thursday for asking a young girl for pictures in exchange for gift cards.
Matthew James Reynolds, 28, pleaded no contest in Walton County on several charges, according to a press release from State Attorney Bill Eddins' office. Reynolds pleaded to one count of traveling to meet a minor to engage in sexual contact, one count of using a computer to solicit the sexual conduct of a child, one count of unlawful use of a two-way device to facilitate the commission of a felony and nine counts of possession of child pornography.
Walton County Circuit Judge Kelvin Wells sentenced Reynolds. When he is released from prison, Reynolds will serve 10 years on sex offender probation and will be required to wear an electronic monitor. He also cannot have any contact with the victim or any minors, and will be required to register as a sexual offender for the rest of his life.
The charges arose in March after the parents of the 15-year-old victim discovered that Reynolds had been communicating with their daughter on the KIK app. It was later learned that Reynolds had asked the girl for photos in exchange for sending her gift cards.
Sheriff's deputies took over the communication with Reynolds, and Reynolds continued to chat with who he thought was the girl, according to the press release. He eventually traveled to Walton County to meet her for sex, but met deputies instead.
After his arrest, Reynolds consented to have deputies search his cellphone, where nine images of child pornography were discovered. During interviews with investigators, Reynolds admitted to the allegations involving the girl, the release said.