Chesapeake Woman Sentenced To 15 Years For Her Role In Conspiracy To Produce Child Pornography
NORFOLK, Va. – Shaniesta Kenay Banks, 22, of Chesapeake, Virginia, was sentenced today to 15 years in prison, followed by lifetime supervised release, for production of child pornography.
Dana J. Boente, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and Clark Settles, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington, made the announcement after sentencing by Senior U.S. District Judge Robert G. Doumar.
Banks pleaded guilty on December 11, 2013. According to court documents, Banks became involved in the conspiracy when she was contacted by coconspirator Robert Harold Scott, Jr. under his assumed online identity of “Mike Pyro.” Scott would routinely communicate with women in and around the Tidewater area to set up “sex parties,” where the women would work as prostitutes and Scott would pay them for their services. In reality, Scott would not pay them and, at times, extort the women by threatening to publish sexually explicit videos. In addition to the adult parties, Scott was found to be conspiring with and producing child pornography with several different women, including Banks. Law enforcement found that, when discussing the sex parties, sometimes Scott would request these women to produce child pornography and was very specific as to the sex acts he wanted done on camera. Banks complied in return for the promise of money. Specifically, Banks produced child pornography with a 4 year old child.
This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth M. Yusi prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:14-cr-164.