Previously Convicted Sex Offender Pleads Guilty to Sexually Exploiting a Minor to Produce Child Pornography
Baltimore, Maryland - Larry Cordell, age 41, of Frederick, 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 his guilty plea, on December 31, 2006, as part of an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Cordell, law enforcement officers interviewed several victims and learned that Cordell had made videotapes of himself having sex with minor males. Officers recovered 10 video tapes which showed Cordell having sex with several minor boys. Additional interviews with three victims revealed that Cordell would give them gifts and money to entice them to have sex. The victims reported being from 12 to 14 years old at the time the abuse began and were able to identify themselves on still shots from the videos. Cordell was previously convicted in 1986 of a second degree sex offense involving a minor male in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland.
Cordell faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 25 years, and a maximum of 50 years in prison followed by supervised release for life. U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett has scheduled sentencing for May 30, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. Cordell remains detained.
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 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Frederick City Police Department, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and Frederick County State’s Attorney J. Charles Smith and his office for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution of this case. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Kwame J. Manley, who is prosecuting the case.