More charges for child porn convict

Date: 2005-06-01

Pictures of adopted Russian girl showed up on porn sites

(CNN) -- An adoptive father serving a 15-year sentence in federal prison for producing Internet pornography depicting his preteen daughter now faces 11 state charges, the district attorney's office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, said Wednesday.

Conviction on all counts could result in a life sentence, said the Allegheny County District Attorney's office.

The man's name is being withheld to protect the girl's identity. The Pittsburgh engineer was convicted in 2003 on federal charges of producing and possessing child pornography involving the girl.

The Russian-born, blond-haired child was 5 when he adopted her as a single parent. He was 45.

Now about 11, she was adopted by a family in another state and is living under a new name, U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan for the Western District of Pennsylvania told reporters last month.

The girl was the focus of an intense search by Canadian police beginning in 2003.

It ended a few weeks ago when word came that the girl had been rescued by federal agents in the United States and that her father was in prison.

Police have said more than 200 sexually explicit photos of the girl remain on the Web and are traded by pedophiles.

The 11 new charges the man faces are: child rape, involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, unlawful contact with a minor, sex abuse of a child, sex abuse photography, unlawful restraint, incest, obscenity, corruption of a minor, and indecent assault

He is to be arraigned June 23, said the district attorney's office in Pittsburgh.

Police in Orlando, Florida, became involved in late April when their counterparts in Toronto, Ontario, tipped off by European authorities, released a photo of a room where the girl was allegedly abused.

Because the Toronto authorities were unable to show the underage victim, they digitally removed her from the photos, but left intact the rooms and other surroundings for public scrutiny,

Someone recognized the bedspread in a photo as one used in Walt Disney's Port Orleans Resort French Quarter in Orlando.

Investigators believe the photos indicate the father took the girl to Orlando in June 2001.

Buchanan, the U.S. attorney, said FBI agents were carrying out a search warrant for child pornography on the man's Pittsburgh home in 2003 when they discovered the child.


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