COVINGTON, KY - A Boone County man has admitted in federal court that he created multiple videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Michael Schweitzer, 46, pleaded guilty on Tuesday, in front of U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning, to producing and possessing child pornography. Schweitzer was taken into custody of the U.S. Marshal.
Schweitzer has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office that, pending the Court’s approval, would result in a sentence of 35 years in prison. Under federal law, Schweitzer will have to serve at least 85 percent of the prison sentence imposed. His sentencing is scheduled for July 1.
According to court documents, in November 2012, Schweitzer provided a drug to a minor and then recorded himself sexually exploiting the minor, while the minor was under the influence.
During the investigation, authorities seized Schweitzer’s cell phone and discovered more videos that he had produced, which also involved minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and Michael Helmig, Boone County Sheriff, jointly made the announcement today.
The investigation was conducted by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office. The Ft. Mitchell Branch of the U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecuted this case on behalf of the federal government.