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By Roger Harnack
Franklin Connection 

Spokane man sentenced in child sex case

Kimmerly used social media to find 13-year-old victim


Last updated 5/19/2022 at 3:13pm

SPOKANE — A Spokane man was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison after using social media to entice a 13-year-old to produce sexual images for him.

U.S. District Judge Thomas O. Rice sentenced Fainyan Kain James Kimmerly, 22, of Spokane, to 12 years in federal prison, and to serve the remainder of his life on federal supervision after release, court records show.

Kimmerly pleaded guilty earlier this year.

According to court documents, in the summer of 2019, Kimmerly used Facebook to communicate with a 13-year-old whom he knew was a minor.

In a series of Facebook Messenger communications, Kimmerly engaged in a dominant-submissive sexual relationship with the minor.

Among other inappropriate conduct, Kimmerly specifically requested the minor take sexually explicit photographs of the minor’s own body and send those images to Kimmerly, records show.

Kimmerly was previously convicted of a sexual offense involving a child.

In 2010, Kimmerly was convicted in Spokane County for first-degree child molestation and was registered as a sex offender.

“Children must be safe from sexual predators, particularly those who have offended before,” U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington said following the conviction. “Protecting children from harm, especially sexual exploitation online and IRL (in real life), is critical to building a safe and strong Eastern Washington community. I am delighted to note that even Mr. Kimmerly’s conduct has not succeeded in silencing or sidetracking the minor’s life; today, on the very day of sentencing, that minor is attending a college fair and looking to the future.”

“This is not the first time Mr. Kimmerly has demonstrated disregard for a vulnerable person,” added FBI Special Agent-in-Charge of FBI Seattle Field Office Donald M. Voiret. “His conduct in this case was particularly egregious, given some of the challenges his victim was already facing. I applaud the work of our investigators and victim advocates, as well as our colleagues at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, for standing up for people who deserve support, not victimization.”

The case was prosecuted by Asst. U.S. Attorney David M. Herzog.

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Roger Harnack, Publisher

Roger Harnack is the co-owner/publisher of Free Press Publishing. Having grown up Benton City, Roger is an award-winning journalist, photographer, editor and publisher. He's one of only two editorial/commentary writers from Washington state to ever receive the international Golden Quill. Roger is dedicated to the preservation of local media, and the voice it retains for Eastern Washington.

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