Man sentenced for trading explicit photos with Bellingham 16-year-old

A man has been sentenced to nearly 2 1/2 years in prison for exchanging naked pictures on Facebook with a 16-year-old girl, according to sentencing documents filed in Whatcom County Superior Court.

Rick David Farner, 32, pleaded guilty to communicating with a minor for immoral purposes and was sentenced to 29 months in prison and 31 months probation Thursday, Feb 19.

Farner and the 16-year-old girl communicated on Facebook for weeks from late November to December 2014, charging documents said. In one conversation, Farner told the girl he was 31 and lived at Lighthouse Mission. The girl replied with her age, 16.

The girl told him she liked to have fun and would be discreet about what happened between them. Farner replied, “It depends on what it is tho, just how it gotta be since you are 16 and I ain’t trying to get caught up,” according to charging documents.

Later, they exchanged naked pictures using Facebook and Snapchat. Farner admitted to police that they exchanged pictures but claimed the girl’s Facebook profile said she was 19, charging documents said.

The 16-year-old ran away from her father’s house on Dec. 9, 2014, according to charging documents. Her father and a neighbor looked through the girl’s Facebook account for clues about where she might be, and they found the conversation. Farner was arrested two days later.

Farner had three prior felony convictions. He was convicted of third-degree domestic violence assault in 2013 for abusing his girlfriend, Dianna Madrid-Angelino, multiple times between August 2012 and June 2013. According to those charging papers, he stabbed and threatened to kill her with a steak knife and repeatedly beat her with his fists.

In 2006, he was convicted of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon for stabbing Raymond Donahue. Charging documents from a later case said he told his girlfriend he stabbed him because Donahue ate his macaroni and cheese.