Baltimore Man Indicted for Exploiting a Minor to Produce Child Pornography
Baltimore, Maryland - A grand jury indicted Roy Edward Hoover, Jr., age 37, of Baltimore, on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor to produce child pornography and possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. The indictment was returned late yesterday.
According to the two count indictment, on May 30, 2004 Hoover enticed and coerced a minor female to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions of such conduct. The indictment further alleges that on August 23, 2007, when a search warrant was executed at his residence, Hoover possessed child pornography.
Hoover faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years, and a maximum of 20 years in prison followed by supervised release for life for sexual exploitation of a minor to produce child pornography; and a maximum of 10 years in prison, followed by supervised release for life for possession of child pornography. No court date has been set and Hoover remains detained on related state charges.
This case was brought as part of 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.
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.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Baltimore County Police Department for their investigative work and expressed appreciation to Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger and his office for their assistance in this case. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney Bonnie S. Greenberg, who is prosecuting the case.