Federal inmates to be creeped out by creepy basketball coach for 210 creepy months

Michael T. Cowley was sentenced yesterday to 210 months —  or 17 and a half years — in federal prison on child pornography charges.

Cowley pleaded guilty to producing child porn last October, the charges stemming from Cowley’s hobby of pretending to be a 19-year-old girl named “Ashley” on the internet and using the identity to get underage boys to send him naked pictures of themselves or engaging in sex acts. If the boys sent Cowley a picture, they received a nude photo of “Ashley,” actually an unidentified girl Cowley had found online.

Investigators grew interested in Cowley in February 2009, when the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office received a report that a 13-year-old boy in Battle Ground, Washington, had exchanged nude photos with a Facebook user claiming to be a 19-year-old girl in Overland Park.

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