‘I feel ashamed and I’m so sorry’: WA man apologizes as he’s sentenced for arranging to molest Bay Area undercover cop’s kids

SAN FRANCISCO — A Washington man who went by “pervyguy40” online has been sentenced to nine years and seven months in federal prison after his arrest in an undercover sting designed to target would-be child molesters, court records show.

Christopher Michael David, 43, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer at a June court hearing. David pleaded guilty to attempted travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, a federal offense.

Prosecutors say David booked a flight from Tacoma, Washington to the Bay Area after arranging to molest the purported children of an undercover cop posing as a 31-year-old San Francisco woman with a son and daughter aged 7 and 9. David allegedly talked about how he was interested in incest and wanted to “teach” sexual things to the woman’s kids, writing graphic descriptions that included various lewd acts and a desire to molest them into their teens, according to court records.

Assistant federal public defender Gabriela Bischoff, who represented David, wrote in a sentencing memo that he now accepts both the seriousness of his crimes and the need for a lengthy prison term.

“Sitting here in the jail for the past 18 months, going through the discovery, reading about the images I sent, reading the words I said, repulses me,” Bischoff quoted David as saying. “I can’t believe I said these vulgar disgusting things or had these thoughts… I know that is not who I truly am… I feel ashamed and I’m so sorry.”

Prosecutors say that David told the undercover officer that he possessed child pornography as well, which he said he traded for online. During their talks, David allegedly sent the undercover cop several videos depicting prepubescent children being sexually abused, and talked about molesting his own children. When the officer asked David for video proof that he’d molested kids, David allegedly balked.

“I’m not that brave to put myself out there. Already nervous sending you these,” he told the officer, according to the criminal complaint.

Bischoff wrote that David’s world spun out of control in the wake of a dissolving marriage, a motorcycle crash, and stints in Iraq for the U.S. Army that left him with PTSD. She wrote that as his life fell apart, “he began to spiral into darker and darker pornography, darker and darker conversation, and darker and darker thoughts.”