Dundalk Man Convicted of Production of Child Pornography And Distribution of Drugs to Minors
Baltimore, Maryland - A federal jury convicted Christopher Jude Blauvelt, age 39, of Dundalk, Maryland, today of sexually exploiting a minor to produce explicit pictures, possession of child pornography, two counts of distribution of cocaine to minors and possession of cocaine, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to evidence presented at his five day trial, on January 3, 2007, Blauvelt videotaped his sexual intercourse with a 14 year old girl. His residence was searched on January 11, 2007 and approximately 51 still images and numerous videos documenting the sexual abuse of minors were seized, along with cocaine.
Trial evidence also established that Blauvelt distributed cocaine to the 14 year old girl and another minor between the latter part of 2006 and January 11, 2007. The jury acquitted Blauvelt on two counts of distributing psilocybin (hallucinogenic mushrooms) to a minor.
Blauvelt faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years in prison for sexually exploiting a minor to produce sexually explicit pictures, followed by supervised release for life; 10 years in prison for possession of child pornography; 20 years in prison on each of two counts of distribution of cocaine; and one year in prison for possession of cocaine. U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. has scheduled sentencing for February 6, 2009 at 9:30 a.m.
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. Details about Maryland’s program are available at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/md/Safe-Childhood/index.html.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore County Police Department, and Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger and his office for their work in the investigation and prosecution of this case. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Norman and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Shennie Patel, who are prosecuting the case.