KENT, WA–A man accused of raping a 4-year-old girl and broadcasting it live online to a California pedophile pleaded guilty Friday in King County Superior Court.
Brian K. Beston, 36, of Kent, pleaded guilty to first-degree child rape, first-degree child molestation, sexual exploitation of a minor and dealing in child pornography.
Prosecutors will recommend that he be sentenced to a minimum of 26 years when he appears before Judge Regina Cahan for sentencing on May 14. Beston could also face up to life in prison.
His wife, Hollie Beston, 31, of Burien, also is accused of taking an active part in the sexual abuse and faces the same charges as her husband. She is scheduled for a court hearing on April 20.
According to court documents, the husband and wife abused the girl between June 2009 and Oct. 23, 2009, and sent child pornography to another accused child molester in San Diego whom they met online.
It was FBI agents investigating the San Diego suspect who brought the Bestons’ case to the attention of Seattle police.
The Bestons allegedly met the California man on Craigslist where the man, posing as a single mother under the handle “jennymomsd,” had posted an entry looking for other parents in both San Diego and Seattle, according to investigators.
Brian Beston first came across jennymomsd, and introduced the person to Hollie Beston, investigators said, initiating a correspondence via e-mail and instant messenger between the three of them.
The couple began exchanging child porn with jennymomsd and soon the Internet contact “was accepted as a fellow child lover,” the court documents said. Jennymomsd then requested pornographic images of children and began receiving pictures of a young girl, according to detectives.
Jennymomsd claimed to have a brother interested in having sex with children, prosecutors said, and the conversations eventually turned to talks of this brother visiting Seattle to have sex with the young girl featured in the photographs sent by the Bestons.
But Jennymomsd remained skeptical of the authenticity of the Bestons’ photos; he thought the images may have been pulled from the Internet, he told investigators. When he expressed his skepticism to Brian Beston, the Kent man offered to present the girl via a live video feed, the documents said.
Brian Beston, using the camera on his computer, provided a live feed showing him sexually molesting the girl for approximately five minutes, detectives said, even briefly holding up a sheet of paper with the day’s date written on it to prove the authenticity of the feed.
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