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February 25, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WESTMINSTER WOMAN INDICTED FOR SEXUAL ABUSE OF A CHILD
Defendant Allegedly Trafficked Girl from Maryland to Virginia for Sexually Explicit Photo Shoots
Baltimore, Maryland - A federal grand jury indicted Deborah Gail Frock, age 39, of Westminster, Maryland, today for sexually exploiting a minor to produce child pornography, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to the indictment and court documents, in the fall of 2006, Frock drove a 17 year old girl to an inn in Westminster to meet with an adult male who took nude photographs of the victim. He also took pictures and video while he had sex with the victim. He paid her $500, which the victim gave to Frock. Law enforcement agents subsequently searched the man’s residence in 2007 and seized a computer which contained a dozen images of the victim naked and engaged in sex with this man.
Court documents further allege that in August or October 2006, Frock set up by phone another photo shoot of the victim with another man. Frock drove the victim to the man’s house in Purcellville, Virginia. She was present for a part of the time that the man took pictures of the minor victim. The man paid Frock $600 to take the pictures. Thereafter, the man allegedly received two or three phone calls from Frock who attempted to set up additional photo shoots. Some time later, the man allegedly received a voice mail in which Frock told him that the victim was 17 years old, that the state police were at her home and that she would tell the police about the photo shoot unless he helped Frock encrypt her compute or delete files from it. Thereafter, the man destroyed the photos he had of the victim.
Court documents further allege that the victim was reported missing on September 24, 2006 and was found on October 19, 2006. During this time, Frock is alleged to have hidden the victim to prevent law enforcement from locating her.
Frock faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years and a maximum sentence of 30 years, followed by supervised release for up to life. No court date is scheduled for Frock.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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 to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov. Details about Maryland’s program are available at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/md/Safe-Childhood/index.html.
The case was investigated by the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, formed in 2007 by the Attorney General of Maryland, the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The task force was created to discover and rescue victims of human trafficking while identifying and prosecuting offenders. For more information about the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, please visit http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/md/Human-Trafficking/index.html.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Maryland State Police and Carroll County State’s Attorney Jerry Barnes and his office for their assistance in this investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Solette Magnelli, who is prosecuting the case.