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Woman gets 5 years for sex crimes after taking pics of girls

Woman gets 5 years for sex crimes after taking pics of girls

A former resident of Bel Air, Maryland, has been sentenced to five years’ prison time after she entered a guilty plea for the distribution of child pornography. The woman, age 46, was charged in federal court for the sex crimes, ostensibly because the pornographic material was distributed across state lines. The woman is accused of taking a series of photographs of two minor females at the request of her husband at the time.

The couple came under scrutiny after information was submitted in 2012 indicating that the man had illicit videos and images of young children on his external hard drive at his home. Authorities searched the home and seized a variety of electronic devices apparently used to perpetrate the sex crimes. The man had more than 2,000 images and 100 videos of minors who were engaged in sexual acts, including children that had not yet reached puberty.

Investigators say that the woman took about 50 pictures of the two girls and then sent them to the man through her cellphone. Those photographs were taken on at least two separate occasions in late 2008. Those two girls were reportedly in the care of the couple at the time that the photographs were taken. Both of the defendants had lived in Bel Air. They have divorced since the investigation began.

The man in this case was sentenced to 24 years behind bars in federal custody. The woman, however, received a lighter sentence, likely because of her plea agreement. Although guilty pleas are useful tools in some sex crimes criminal defense cases, they are not appropriate for every defendant. Those accused of such violations should carefully consider all of their options before making such a choice about their plea.

Source: The Baltimore Sun, “Former Bel Air resident sentenced for child porn possession” Allan Vought, Jun. 19, 2014

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