A Maryland man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Indianapolis to seven counts of child pornography production and was sentenced to 33 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Joseph H. Hogsett of the Southern District of Indiana. Trevor J. Shea, 21, of Mechanicsburg, Maryland, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence in the US Federal Court, Southern District of Indiana. During the plea and sentencing hearing, Shea admitted to using blackmail to coerce 10 minor girls between the ages of 13 and 16 years to produce images and videos of themselves engaging in sadistic and masochistic abuse and other sexually explicit conduct.
According to court documents, the case arose from an investigation by the Brownsburg, Ind., Police Department, which received a complaint in late September 2009 that Victim One, a 16-year-old girl, was being stalked via the internet. Victim One and a family member reported that several months earlier, Jane Doe 1 and two other female minors visited an online webcam site where they exposed their breasts to unknown webcam viewers. Approximately one week later, Victim One began receiving emails and instant messages from Shea, who threatened to post the nude images of Victim One and her friends to the internet. Shea told Victim One that if she produced more images and/or webcam videos for him, he would not post the photos for others to see. Victim One complied with some of these demands, and produced images and videos of herself engaging in sexually explicit conduct. She then transmitted the images and videos to him.