Then I discovered chat rooms ․ that is where pics and links were posted and I started seeing younger pics, then pics of younger in action, and it just got hotter and hotter ․ so the natural progression is then not just wanting pics [and] vids but wanting the real thing, which le[ ]d me to teen chat rooms, then meeting a teen in person, now to this point.
Farley said that he had seen “pics and vids as young as they come,” and Stephanie responded that she had seen some similar pictures online.
Stephanie said that she wanted it to be “very special,” that her daughter would be “a princess for the day” and that if the right person “shows her everythi[ng] and it is done right things will be perfect.”Farley asked if they could talk on the phone, but Stephanie was reluctant to give him her number. § 3624 federal inmates routinely receive 54 additional days' credit toward the service of their sentence at the end of each year that they have served with good behavior.
Farley noted “we are both very nervous here” and suggested Stephanie was afraid he might be a “cop” who would trace her call and show up to take her away in handcuffs. Because of § 3624 an inmate could complete a 30-year sentence in 26 years and 2 months.
When Stephanie told him that Sydney was standing next to her as she typed, Farley told Sydney to “come real close” to the screen and asked her how she was enjoying her day off from school.
Farley's actions led to his arrest, which led to his trial, which led to his conviction and sentence, which led to the government's appeal of that sentence, which led to Farley's cross-appeal of both his conviction and sentence, all of which led to this opinion. Through the chat room Farley, who lived in the Dallas area, initiated contact with “Stephanie,” whose online profile identified her as a forty-one-year-old Atlanta single mother of a ten-year-old girl.He suggested that she “set it up so that you and [me] are having sex or oral or something and [the daughter] walks in on it.” He thought that would be the easiest way to “invite her into it.”When Stephanie complained about the difficulty in finding a partner for this project, that it's “hard to find someone 4real” because most men were “full of BS,” Farley assured her that he was “looking for real,” and that he would take the real experience “as far as you are comfortable going.” Farley said that while he had never been with a ten-year-old girl, he had been sexually active for nearly a year with the fourteen-year-old he had met; he expressed the opinion that there was no difference between the ages from a “making it happen point of view” as long as the girl felt “comfortable and safe.”Farley told Stephanie that his name was “Kelly” and he shared details about his real job as regional vice president for a Dallas staffing company.Stephanie told him she was “Stephanie Miller” and said that her daughter was named “Sydney.” Farley suggested he might soon visit their hometown of Atlanta on business, but expressed some concern that Stephanie might be “a cop trying to entrap me.”On October 9, 2006, Farley initiated another chat with Stephanie.In response to Stephanie's story that she had sex with her stepfather at age twelve, Farley said, “I would imagine if it is done gently, lovingly and consistently it is not looked at as anything strange.” Stephanie then asked Farley what made him want a “real” experience.Farley answered that he had been “interested in younger” for a while, “never my own, but those ages.” He said that he would like to have an ongoing relationship “with the mom's involvement to teach, and guide ․ jointly teaching her, so no secrets for her to hide or feel guilty about those kinds of things, totally open, and with no dad to worry about makes it better.”Noting that he had “a lot to lose,” Farley asked Stephanie to get a webcam so he could see her on live video during their chats and make sure that she was “real and not some cop or something.” Stephanie never hooked up a webcam, although she did send Farley a real photo of herself standing next to a nine-year-old girl.