Skip to main content

Robert Cody Cameron GenowayArticle from the Tri-City Herald.

A Benton City man has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for producing child pornography of a 13 year old girl.

Robert Cody Cameron Genoway, 24, pleaded guilty in federal court in July.

This week, U.S. Judge Stanley Bastian said Genoway’s behavior was “very concerning because it indicates that you were forcible, violent and dangerous ….”
He allegedly admitting having sex with the teen and choking her.

The judge called Genoway’s conduct “egregious,” according to the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.

Genoway was arrested after a detective saw an internet ad in July 2016 seeking a “petite young teeny bopper” for sexual acts, according to court documents.

The undercover detective, working on behalf of the Southeast Regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and Homeland Security Investigations, responded to the ad, posing as a teen girl.

In email exchanges between the detective posing as “Steph” and Genoway, Genoway said he wanted to have sex, including choking her, according to federal prosecutors.

He drove to locations in Kennewick twice and also to Oregon to try to meet the girl.

Genoway texted and emailed the detective for several months, even after the “13-year-old” repeatedly told Genoway she was actually 11.

After Genoway was arrested, he admitted to sex with another teen, including choking her, and to producing child pornography pictures and videos, according to court documents.

The detective and an undercover agency tracked down the girl, who said she met Genoway when she was 13.

Law enforcement officers found pornographic images of her on Genoway’s laptop.

The victim said Genoway shared the photographs with other people and, at one time, sought out another man to have sex with her, according to court documents.

Genoway’s attorney argued that Genoway should be sentenced to 15 years in prison because he was young when the crime happened and he suffered from a childhood of physical abuse. He has no prior criminal convictions.

Bastian sided with prosecutors on a 20-year sentence and also sentenced Genoway to 30 years of court supervision after his release from federal prison. He will be required to register as a sex offender.

This case was pursued as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the U.S. Department of Justice to combat the growing number of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

“This case is yet another example of the remarkable results that local and federal law enforcement officers can accomplished when they work together in partnership,” said Joseph Harrington, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.

If you or someone you care about was sexually abused and you would like advice from an attorney about the rights and options for victims of child sexual abuse, please contact Crew Janci LLP today for a free, confidential consultation at 1-888-407-0224 or by using our private online form.  We will treat you with discretion and respect.

You are not alone.  We are here to help.

Andria Seo

Andria Seo is an Associate Attorney at Crew Janci LLP. Andria is a graduate of the New York University School of Law. During law school, she worked with the National Center for Youth Law, the Legal Aid Society, and the NYCLU. Prior to joining the team at Crew Janci LLP, Andria advocated for vulnerable children and their families as a staff attorney at Partnership for Children’s Rights, a nonprofit based in New York City. Andria also previously worked assisting in the representation of victims of a terrorist attack in civil suits. Andria moved to Portland in 2016 and joined Crew Janci LLP in 2017. She is admitted to practice in Oregon and New York