Charles Max Pollock, 43, posed as a photographer and responded to a Craigslist ad from Bakersfield, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Fresno. A Bakersfield woman posted the ad seeking modeling work for her minor son.
Pollock traveled from Las Vegas to Bakersfield, rented a hotel room, and took sexually explicit images of the minor, according to federal prosecutors.
The defendant allegedly continued communications with the boy after he returned to Vegas, and Pollock allegedly arranged a second photo shoot with the boy and the boy's girlfriend. He encouraged the minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct and took photos, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
If convicted on two counts of travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, Pollock faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.
Pollock has been in custody in Clark County, Nevada, since last September on other charges.