Joshua Rutherford, a former Smyrna High School teacher and track coach accused of seeking child pornography and sex with a child, will spend 12 years in jail.
Rutherford, 38, was sentenced in Delaware District Court on Tuesday.
In March, he pleaded guilty to one count of attempted inducement of a minor according to federal court records. As part of the plea, another count of attempted inducement of a minor and two charges of seeking child pornography were dropped, the agreement states.
Rutherford, of Camden-Wyoming, answered an online ad seeking “family love, all taboos, no limits” and began chatting online under the handle DoverGuy777 in mid-February 2016, according to a sentencing memorandum prepared by federal prosecutors.
He was chatting with an undercover investigator who he believed was the father of a 14-year-old girl, the memorandum stated.
During the chats, Rutherford said he had met underage girls for sex in the past and had received a picture of the butt of a 16-year-old girl online, the affidavit outlining cause for his indictment said.
He also requested the man send nude photos of his daughter, but said that since she is underage, it was better to send ones that did not include her head, the affidavit said.
After weeks of chatting, Rutherford arranged to meet the father and daughter at a park in Dover on March 11, the affidavit of probable cause said.
He was expecting to have sex with the girl, but instead, was met by the Delaware Child Predator Task Force and arrested, the affidavit said.
“In his chats with the undercover officer, Rutherford confided that he had raped a different 16-year old girl two years earlier,” said the sentencing memorandum signed by Assistant United States Attorney Graham Robinson. “Through all of this, Rutherford held a position of trust and authority with children the same age as each of these victims — he was a special education teacher and coach at Smyrna High School.”