A 43-year-old Baltimore man will likely spend at least the next 15 years in federal prison with the possibility of remaining there for the rest of his life. Following a joint investigation by local and federal authorities, the man pleaded guilty to child pornography production, which carries a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years. He also pled guilty to convincing a minor to participate in sexually explicit activity, a charge that could result in a life sentence.
The charges stem from an investigation by Baltimore police into reports that the man was engaged in producing child pornography. Several electronic devices were confiscated by the police; the U.S. Attorney reported that more than 2,200 images and 100 videos of minors engaging in sexually explicit activities were discovered.
After his electronic equipment was confiscated, the man used a computer at a library for his activities. A police officer contacted him on his Facebook page, posing as a 14-year-old girl. The man replied by asking the "girl" to send explicit photographs to him. The two agreed to meet in person, but when the man showed up for the meeting, he was arrested.
In cases such as this, no matter what the charges are or how much evidence law enforcement workers say that they have, every defendant has the right to fair proceedings and protection of all their constitutional rights. An experienced attorney can represent a defendant in this situation, no matter how serious the charges are or how severe the consequences of a conviction might be.
Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation, "Baltimore Man Pleads Guilty to Producing Child Pornography and Enticing a Minor to Engage in Sexual Activity," Dec. 20, 2013