Indy man sentenced to 7 years after asking 14-year-old girl for explicit photos, traveling to Idaho to meet her

Mark Timperley

BOISE, Idaho – An Indianapolis man who traveled to Idaho to meet up with a 14-year-old girl learned his punishment this week.

A federal judge sentenced Mark Eugene Timperley, 21, to 7 years in prison followed by 5 years of supervised released. The judge also ordered Timperley, who arranged a plea deal on child pornography charges, to forfeit the phone used in the case. He’ll have to register as a sex offender.

According to the plea agreement filed in the case, Timperley’s contact with the girl began in December 2016.

In February 2017, a school resource officer with the Nampa Police Department learned about the improper relationship and discovered that Timperley planned to travel to Idaho to live with the 14-year-old girl. Investigators found messages from Timperley on her phone that asked for sexually explicit photos; the teen also sent him photos, police said.

In February, Timperley boarded a Greyhound bus and headed to Boise, Idaho, where officers intercepted him. He told police he was in contact with the teen and knew she was 14 years old. He also said he’d requested and received explicit photos from her. Investigators found more than 40 such photos on his cell phone.

The case involved several investigating agencies, including the Nampa Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations and the Canyon County Prosecutor’s Office. It was part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative that uses federal, state and local resources to investigate and prosecute sexual exploitation cases involving children.