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Phony FBI agent sentenced for crimes

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

A Jonesboro man, who pretended to be an FBI agent, received his punishment in U.S. District Court for his ruse, and for possessing child pornography.

Douglas Yutaka Rhoades, 43, was sentenced to five years, three months in jail, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday. He will be under supervised release for the remainder of his life. He pleaded guilty to the crimes in November 2008.

"This defendant claimed to be an FBI agent, who investigated child pornography cases, but in reality he was a security guard who collected child pornography," said United States Attorney David E. Nahmias, in a statement. "Through his lie of being an FBI agent, he tried to trick others into entrusting the care of their young children to him."

Rhoades' sentencing completes a process that began in January 2008, when his ex-wife contacted the Clayton County Police Department and alleged that he was molesting a 10-year-old girl. The ex-wife told police that Rhoades was claiming to be an undercover FBI agent working in the bureau's cyber crimes unit. An investigation by the Clayton Police and the FBI determined that was not the case.

After Rhoades was arrested by federal agents later in the month, a search of his home and vehicle found roughly 800 images of young girls performing sexually explicit actions, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release. The agents also found a video depicting a fictional wedding involving Rhoades and a 10-year-old girl, recorded in the basement of his home. In the video, Rhoades and the girl exchanged written vows and rings, and shared a kiss.

"Today's sentence is a just outcome for a depraved man who tried to trade on the trust that the FBI has built with the American people," Nahmias said. "This sentence also underscores the harsh consequences for people who possess images of children being sexually exploited, and, thereby, support the creation of child pornography."