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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of New York

Friday, May 31, 2013

Brooklyn Man Sentenced To 325 Months’ Imprisonment For Child Exploitation And Receipt Of Child Pornography

Directed Victim’s Mother To Molest Her Daughter While He Watched Via Webcam

Earlier today, Micheal Ledee, a 30-year-old Brooklyn resident, was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 325 months following his conviction for conspiracy to sexually exploit a child, sexual exploitation of a child, and receipt of child pornography. The proceeding was held before United States District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis, at the U.S. Courthouse in Brooklyn, New York.

The sentence was announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and George Venizelos, Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office.

The trial established that the defendant used Yahoo! Instant Messenger to direct the mother of a nine-year-old girl to molest her daughter while he watched the abuse live via a webcam. The government’s evidence included chat logs, the testimony of two computer forensic experts, a Yahoo! software engineer, as well as the minor victim. In determining the sentence, Judge Garaufis considered, among other things, the nature of the crimes and the impact on the victim’s life.

Ms. Lynch expressed her grateful appreciation to the New York Field Office of the FBI, the agency responsible for leading the government’s investigation.

The government’s case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Tiana A. Demas, Hilary Ley Jager, Taryn Merkl, and Tyler Smith.

The Defendant:

Brooklyn, New York
Age: 31

Updated July 2, 2015