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Boone County Man Sentenced to 35 Years for Producing Child Pornography Videos

July 1, 2014

COVINGTON, KY - A Boone County man, who previously admitted that he created multiple videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, was sentenced today to 35 years in prison.

U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning sentenced Michael Schweitzer, 47, for producing and possessing child pornography. Under federal law, Schweitzer will have to serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence.

According to court documents, in November 2012, Schweitzer provided a drug to a minor and then recorded himself sexually assaulting the minor, while the minor was under the influence.

During the investigation, authorities seized Schweitzer’s cell phone and discovered more videos that Schweitzer had recorded, which also involved minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Gary J. Hartwig, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI),and Michael Helmig, Boone County Sheriff, jointly made the announcement.

The investigation was conducted by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office and HSI. The Ft. Mitchell Branch of the U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecuted this case on behalf of the federal government.

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