Santa Barbara County Man accused of producing child porn

April 16, 2016
Christopher Robin Coates

Christopher Robin Coates

A Carpinteria man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly producing, receiving, distributing and possessing child pornography – crimes he allegedly committed soon after completing a state prison term as a result of other child pornography offenses.

Christopher Robin Coates, 41, is specifically charged with two counts of producing child pornography by using Kik Messenger to entice two minor boys to engage in sexually explicit conduct last year. Coates also is charged with two counts of receiving child pornography after enticing the victims to engage in the illicit conduct.

Coates was arraigned Thursday afternoon in United States District Court in Los Angeles. At the arraignment, Coates pleaded not guilty to nine felony offenses in the indictment, and he was ordered to stand trial on May 24 before United States District Judge George W. Wu.

The indictment further charges Coates with three counts of using Kik Messenger to distribute child pornography (one count involves one of the victims allegedly enticed by Coates to send images), and one count of possessing child pornography involving a victim under the age of 12.

The indictment alleges that Coates was convicted in Santa Barbara Superior Court in 2011 and in 2013 of possessing child pornography, as well as sexual battery of a disabled adult in 2010. Count nine of the indictment charges Coates with producing child pornography while being required to register as a sex offender as a result of his prior convictions.

“This defendant, if he is convicted, faces a lengthy period of incarceration in federal prison – which would be warranted by his history of crimes against children,” said United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker. “As this case unfortunately illustrates, child pornography is not a victimless crime; on the contrary, it victimizes the most vulnerable among us.”

On July 15, 2015, law enforcement officers conducted a parole search of Coates’ residence. During the search, authorities recovered a Samsung tablet under a mattress that contained hundreds of images and videos of child pornography.

If he is convicted in this case, Coates faces a potential sentence of life without parole in federal prison. Because of his prior convictions, Coates also faces enhanced mandatory minimum sentences, including a minimum sentence of 35 years for the production counts, a minimum sentence of 15 years for the distribution and receipt counts, and a minimum sentence of 10 years for the possession count. The charge of committing child exploitation offenses while being require to register as a sex offender carries a mandatory consecutive sentence of 10 years in federal prison.

“Protecting the most vulnerable members of society from predators is paramount, and the potential sentence in this case reflects the seriousness of the charges and the repeated harm he caused through the exploitation of children,” said James L. Struyk, Acting Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office. “Unfortunately the actions of this previously convicted child predator will never truly be erased from the Internet or from the minds of his young victims. This investigation is an excellent example of federal agencies working closing with the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Office and taking swift action to protect our children.”

The investigation into Coates was conducted by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation provided substantial assistance. The investigation is the result of a tip to the Postal Inspection Service by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.


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5 Comments

  1. ironyman2000 says:

    This evil mofo needs to be eliminated from this planet.

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  2. Pelican1 says:

    He looks creepy and perverted.

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    • indigo1955 says:

      It is funny you should say that….I scanned down in the article while reading because it was like I sensed something I wanted to avoid and did not want to see his photo anymore.

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  3. horse_soldier says:

    Christopher Robin…how ironic is that?
    Perfect candidate for a lobotomy, he’s no good the way he is now.

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  4. fat chance says:

    Please throw away the key this time……What a POS

    (22) 22 Total Votes - 22 up - 0 down

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