Man accused of abducting two kids found guilty

  • August 4, 2021

A man accused of using a camera and a microphone to film children’s sex parties was found guilty Wednesday of entraping two young boys into performing sex acts in a video that authorities say he then posted online.

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey W. Sturgess said the videotaped sexual encounters, recorded with the help of the boy’s cellphone, are likely to lead to the identification of the suspects.

The man, identified as John R. McFarland, 41, of South Carolina, faces up to 30 years in prison for the child entrapments and for two counts of child pornography, according to court documents.

McFarland pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated child entice, one count each of aggravated sexual assault and aggravated child molestation, and was sentenced to four years in federal prison, the documents said.

A second boy, identified in court documents only as “M.” appeared in court Wednesday for sentencing and faces up the same punishment.

The victims were ages 5 and 8 at the time of the assaults, which took place between January and March of this year, the court documents said, but authorities did not release any details.