LOS ANGELES – A South Bay man was today sentenced to life without parole in federal prison after admitting to producing thousands of sexually explicit images and videos of nearly three dozen children, including one was exploited for at least two years and engaged in online sex acts in exchange for money.
Billy Edward Frederick, 52, of Redondo Beach, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer, who said “to say his conduct is despicable is an understatement.”
Judge Fischer added that “prison life adequately reflects the seriousness of the offence” in which Frederick “targeted” victims in a “part of the world where children are known to be sexually exploited”.
Frederick pleaded guilty in September 2021 to two criminal offenses: producing child pornography for transportation in the United States and inducing a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity.
According to court documents, Frederick obtained and stored in his Google accounts various images and videos depicting child sexual abuse material. In the messages sent to Frederick, several victims refer to Frederick as “master”. Prosecutors said in a sentencing memorandum that Frederick exploited “young boys in the Philippines who needed money for food and school.”
Frederick admitted to producing more than 5,000 images and videos of children
pornography involving at least 35 different children by asking those children to engage in specified sexually explicit activities in exchange for money. Some videos and images showed underage victims under the age of 12 being used for sexual acts.
“Use Google chat to bridge their geographic gap, [Frederick], while living in Los Angeles County, exploited numerous boys who lived in the Philippines,” according to the sentencing memorandum. Frederick’s “several years of conversations with these Filipino boys were not coded; they were explicit and grim – brimming with detail about what the defendant liked, demanded and expected of his victims, if they wished to be paid.
In addition to the life sentence, Judge Fischer ordered Frederick to pay $5,000 to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015; $5,000 to the Amy, Vicky and Andy Child Pornography Victim Relief Act of 2018 and $8,000 in restitution to one of the victims.
Homeland Security Investigations investigated the matter.
Assistant United States Attorney Kathy Yu of the Violent and Organized Crime Section prosecuted the case.