A Salt Lake City man has pleaded guilty to a federal charge that he sent out a webcam video via the Internet of himself sexually abusing a 3-year-old girl.

In court Monday, Jonathon Cordier, 33, pled guilty to one count of production of child pornography. When sentenced on Oct. 7, Cordier faces up to life imprisonment and at the least a minimum-mandatory 15-year sentence.

A person taking part in Internet video chat became concerned when Cordier began sexual activity with a preschool girl with brown curly hair, via a webcam, according to federal charging documents. The concerned person, listed in the charges as J.M., reported the man's face was not visible but J.M. could see a blue tribal tatoo on an arm. The person contacted police, which lead to Cordier's arrest.

Having seen the child involved in sexual behavior, J.M. got in touch with a friend who began an instant message conversation with the man, which lead to a meeting. In the process, Cordier offered his cell phone number, the charges state.

A raid of a home found Cordier with a woman and two children, including a young girl matching the victim's description. Cordier was also found to have a tribal tatoo on his arm, also matching the video description. The woman told police she had been working the previous evening and had left the children with Cordier.

In exchange for his plea, federal prosecutors have agreed to drop an additional charge of distribution of child pornography.

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