Aspiring rapper Thot King has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for making sexually explicit music videos with underage girls.
The Columbus, OH native, whose real name is Eric D. Chavis, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce child pornography in June, The New York Daily News reports.
It is illegal to post sexually explicit photos of anyone younger than 18 years old under federal law.
Chavis reportedly uploaded 29 videos with underage girls, ages 16 and 17. Chavis is shown in the videos having sex with some of the young women. He used social media to sell the DVDs for $19.99. He told the court he believed girls were at least 18 years of age.
U.S. District Judge Michael H. Watson sentenced Chavis to the mandatory minimum sentence under federal statutes. Chavis could’ve been sentenced to a maximum of 30 years in prison, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
“These victims were all mature, but not of legal age,” the judge said. “You trolled the Internet to entice underage performers to come and make music videos with you and others.”
One of the victims who appeared in Chavis’ videos told 10TV she contemplated suicide:
“My son was two when that happened to me. I was so afraid my son was going to see that I tried to end of my life,” the now 19-year-old victim said.
She said she agreed to be in the video under one condition that she wouldn’t take off her clothes. The victim said he agreed at first.
“He said ‘don’t you want to go home? Don’t you want to see your son?’” she recalls.
Out of fear, she said she did take off some of her clothes, and then came another threat: “You already get your pants off or do you want to get raped?”
She said they never had sex, but because she was 16, she’s a minor according to federal law and the video is a crime.
The victim was soon subjected to bullying from her classmates after her video was made available online.
“I was a straight-A student, I was going to school and I dropped out school because of it.”
Once Chavis is released from prison, he’ll have to register as a sex offender and spend 10 years on supervised release.