A Lewisville man who is in federal prison for child pornography was convicted last week on charges that he sexually abused an 8-year-old girl.

Kip Landon Kale, 38, of the 800 block of Grinnell Street in Lewisville pleaded guilty Wednesday in Forsyth Superior Court to one count of attempted first-degree sex offense and one count of taking indecent liberties with a child, according to court documents.

Under a plea agreement, Judge Athena Fox Brooks consolidated the charges into one and sentenced Kale to a minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 23 years in prison.

Kale is already serving 13 years and six months in federal prison after being convicted of distributing child pornography.

Forsyth County Assistant District Attorney Pansy Glanton said Friday that the federal investigation into the child pornography allegations led to the charges in this case. In January, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office started investigating the child sexual abuse allegations against Kale. Investigators interviewed the girl and the girl’s mother and determined that the sexual abuse happened in May 2018.

Kale will serve his latest sentence at the same time as the sentence he is serving in federal prison. When he is released, he will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

In March of this year, Kale pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of distribution of child pornography.

Kale was also previously convicted of possession of obscenity with intent to disseminate in Davidson County in August 2018. He was accused of having child pornography, including images of sexual acts involving children, on his computer in November 2013.

The U.S. Justice Department, after Kale’s conviction on the child-pornography charges, said in a June 28 news release that in January, an FBI online covert employee used a mobile messaging app to communicate with “rockslyde007,” who was later identified as Kale. The FBI employee saw that Kale belonged to a group using that app, which is known to be associated with child pornography, and held an online chat with him.

The agency said Kale, as rockslyde007, sent the FBI employee two pornographic videos involving children and a hyperlink to a cloud-storage account that had 56 additional videos with child pornography.

That account showed several images and videos of children being raped, according to an affidavit in the case. One video showed images of a nude infant girl and a nude young girl.

In the online chat with the FBI employee, Kale said he had sexually exploited two children younger than 10.

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