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Washington County Man Pleads Guilty to Sexually Abusing a Child to Produce Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 8, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland -Robert Paul Hade, age 43, of Hagerstown, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to sexually abusing a child to produce child pornography.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations; and Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore.

According to the plea agreement, in May 2010, a child reported that Hade had sexually abused her from the time she was eight years old until she was 10 years old. On May 15, 2010, a search warrant was executed at Hade’s residence and pictures and a video documenting the sexual abuse of the child were recovered. Hade was arrested.

As part of his plea agreement, Hade must register as a sex offender in the place where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

Hade faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years in prison, followed by supervised release for life. U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett has scheduled sentencing for September 16, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.

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 www.justice.gov/usao/md/Safe-Childhood/index.html.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended ICE Homeland Security Investigations and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristi N. O’Malley who is prosecuting the case.

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