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Alexandria man pleads guilty in alleged sexting case

Ryan Anthony Feiler pleaded guilty to felony electronic solicitation of a child — engage in communication with a child relating to or describing sexual conduct.

ALEXANDRIA — An Alexandria man has pleaded guilty to a felony charge relating to an alleged sexting incident that took place last summer.

On Wednesday, Jan. 5, Ryan Anthony Feiler pleaded guilty to felony electronic solicitation of a child — engaging in communication with a child relating to or describing sexual conduct.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of three years imprisonment and a $5,000 fine.

Another charge against Feiler, felony electronic solicitation of a child — distributing obscene material via electronic communication relating to or describing sexual conduct — has been dismissed.

According to the statement of probable cause, the charges stemmed from a series of incidents that took place last July, when Feiler allegedly sent sexual messages and videos to a 14-year-old girl via Snapchat.

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According to the petition to enter a plea of guilty, Feiler will have a stay of imposition of sentence for three years, serve 20 days on house arrest, complete the Alpha Emergence treatment program and follow recommendations, have no unsupervised contact with minors, have no contact with the victim, abstain from the use of alcohol and non-prescribed controlled substances and have a $400 fine plus surcharges and a law library fee.

Additionally, the document read that the state and the defendant believe this is not a conviction that will result in predatory offender registration. The defendant may withdraw his plea if registration is required.

Feiler is set to be sentenced on March 8.

Brandon man makes initial appearance

Also on Wednesday, a Brandon man made his initial court appearance in a case involving child pornography.

Tarance Lee Swan, 57, has been charged with felony possession of pornographic work involving minors — subsequent offense and felony possession of pornographic work involving minors by a registered predatory offender.

Both charges carry a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.

According to the statement of probable cause, Swan admitted during an interview with authorities in May 2020, to having images of underage individuals on his phone and laptop.

Swan's release order reads that he must keep the court and his attorney informed of his current address, remain law-abiding, make all future court appearances, make and maintain contact with an attorney, obtain permission before leaving the state and post a $15,000 non-cash bond with no conditions.

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Swan's omnibus hearing is scheduled for March 23.

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