Antioch Man Convicted Of Child Pornography

Posted at 3:33 PM, Mar 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-24 16:33:40-04

A 31-year-old from Antioch has been convicted of attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity and possession of child pornography.

A federal jury found 31-year-old Christopher N. Bonick guilty Thursday after a two-day trial.

According to evidence, Bonick started communicating online with someone he believed to be a 13-year-old girl in July of 2010.

The following year on July 27, he allegedly had a long sexually explicit conversation with the girl, who was actually an undercover investigator in Louisiana.

At that time in 2011, Bonick believed the girl was 14 years old, and he allegedly asked if she would be willing to engage in sexual activity with him. He also told her he had met a 15-year-old girl before online and traveled to have sex with her.

Evidence also showed Bonick had previously spoken with numerous minors online, soliciting child pornography from them. He also allegedly traded child pornography with others through email.

When a search warrant was served at his home in Antioch in January 2012, dozens of images of child pornography were found, and he admitted he was sexually attracted to minors.

Bonick’s sentencing has been scheduled for 2 p.m. on July 11. Officials said he was facing ten years to life in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.