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A purported modeling agency owner convicted of receiving child pornography was sentenced Tuesday to more than 10 years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Matthew Leitman sentenced Ryan Ulman, 29, of Livonia to 125 months in prison for receiving child pornography.

Under terms of a plea deal, Ulman admitted asking a 17-year-old girl in August to create and send images of herself that constituted child pornography, prosecutors said.

Ulman also admitted that from 2014 to 2017, he obtained photos from women by fraudulently promising them they could make up to $100,000 a year from his modeling agency, according to the government.

Ulman, however, had no clients and kept the photos for himself, prosecutors said.

Ulman's modeling agency, Instinct Entertainment, worked with models age 13-50, according to the agency's website. The agency specialized in runway, fashion, lingerie, fully nude modeling "(18+ only) and more."

The case dates to winter 2016, when the FBI launched an investigation involving the production of methamphetamine by a Flint gang, the Spanish Cobras, prosecutors allege.

During the investigation, agents interviewed juvenile sex-trafficking victims who were addicted to heroin and meth in Owosso, 29 miles west of Flint.

Interviews led investigators to Ulman, who operated an agency that used some of the juvenile sex-trafficking victims as models, according to the FBI.

Ulman said he was interested in child pornography and had looked at hundreds of images after searching online for pictures of "pre-teen models," court records indicate.

"Ulman's preference is girls 13 years old and up," an FBI agent wrote in a court filing. "Ulman stated that he used to print out images of child pornography, masturbate to them and destroy them, but he has not done this in ... some time."

FBI agents found images of child erotica and at least one image of child pornography in Ulman's basement bedroom, according to a criminal complaint.

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