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Washington County Man Is Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Sexually Abusing a Child to Produce Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 5, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Robert Paul Hade, age 43, of Hagerstown, Maryland, today to 20 years in prison, followed by lifetime supervised release, for sexually abusing a child to produce child pornography. Judge Bennett also ordered that upon his release from prison 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).

The sentence 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 (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); and Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore.

“This sentence represents our commitment and responsibility to identifying, investigating and arresting individuals who seek to sexually exploit minors and bring them to justice,” said ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge William Winter. Unfortunately, we cannot restore the lost innocence of the child who was victimized by this sexual predator, however, we hope today’s sentence further protects our community from those that threaten our youth.”

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 admitted that he instructed the child on how to pose for the pictures. Hade was arrested and remains detained.

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 HSI 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 prosecuted the case.


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