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AUGUST 28, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HARFORD COUNTY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO
PRODUCTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Baltimore, Maryland - Fabrice Snowden, age 42, of Edgewood, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to sexually exploiting a minor to produce child pornography, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to the statement of facts presented to the court, on Christmas Day, December 25, 2006 Snowden drove a minor female family member in his car to a parking lot near an elementary school in Harford County and coerced her into engaging in sexual acts with him. Snowden used his video/camera phone to videotape the sexual activity. The next day, law enforcement officers searched Snowden’s residence and car, and recovered the video/camera phone, which contained six files of child pornography involving the minor female. The victim told law enforcement that Snowden had frequently forced her to perform such sexual acts which he recorded at Snowden’s apartment, hotels, storage facilities in Baltimore County and secluded parking lots. To prepare for the recordings, Snowden would make the child watch pornography videos and act out the sexual scenes.
Snowden faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake has scheduled sentencing for October 18, 2007 at 2:00 p.m.
This was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales launched Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit //www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore County Police Department, Harford County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police for their investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Kwame J. Manley, who is prosecuting the case.