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Thursday - January 27, 2005

ELIZABETH CITY - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that BRIAN TOD SCHELLENBERGER pled guilty in federal court in Elizabeth City, N. C., on Thursday, January 27, 2005, to a six-count indictment that charged him with child pornography violations.

SCHELLENBERGER, 42, of Cary, N. C., pled guilty to four counts of sexual exploitation of children; one count of possession of child pornography; and one count of using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire. At sentencing he could face imprisonment, fines, supervised release, and forfeiture of property. (Penalty Sheet Attached.) U. S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle has not set a sentencing date.

The indictment filed on September 16, 2004, alleges that from October, 2002, and continuing until August, 2003, SCHELLENBERGER" did employ, use, persuade, induce, entice and coerce" two minor children to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing images of child pornography. The indictment also alleges that he possessed a computer, books, magazines, periodicals, films, and video tapes, which contained numerous images of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Further, the indictment alleges that during February and March, 2003, SCHELLENBERGER used an interstate facility to hire another person to commit a murder.

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Toronto (Canada) Police Department, and the Cary Police Department. Assistant U. S. Attorney Thomas B. Murphy is prosecuting the case for the United States.

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