TAMPA — A Valrico man who took nude photographs of a relative, has been charged with inducing a minor to engage in sexually explicit behavior, authorities said.
Robert D. Paige, 36, admitted taking sexually graphic pictures of the 16-year-old but denied he planned to post them on the Internet to make money, according to a federal complaint.
The girl told authorities about the photos after she was taken into custody under the Florida Baker Act. She had told law enforcement officials that she wanted to run away from home and hurt herself. At a crisis center in late September, she told detectives that Paige had taken nude pictures of her to sell on a Web site to pay off her $2,000 cell phone bill.
Authorities said Paige conducted three photo shoots between August and September.
Paige told detectives that he and another adult talked about making money through a porn site and that the girl must have overheard the conversations. According to the complaint, Paige said the girl approached him the next day and offered to take nude pictures to help pay her cell phone bill. Paige said he never forced her.
"Paige commented that he should not have done what he did," an investigator wrote in the complaint. "When asked if the pictures he took of the victim were nude, he said, 'Yes.' "
Paige told investigators that he only took the photos for practice, no one saw them and he never downloaded the images to his computer.
An FBI analysis of the computer found 236 images of the girl, the complaint said.
He is charged with three counts of using a child in a sexual performance and was held in lieu of $22,500 bail.
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