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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Norfolk Woman Sentenced To 210 Months In Prison For Her Role In Conspiracy To Produce Child Pornography

NORFOLK, Va. – Shavonna Lakita Whitfield, 28, of Norfolk, Virginia, was sentenced today to 210 months 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 the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations made the announcement after sentencing by Senior United States District Judge Robert G. Doumar.

Whitfield pleaded guilty on August 26, 2014.  According to court documents, Whitfield became involved in the conspiracy when she was contacted by co-conspirator 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 five different women, including Whitfield.  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.  Whitfield complied in return for the promise of money.  Specifically, Whitfield produced child pornography with a 3 year old child. 

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth M. Yusi prosecuted the case.

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.

Updated August 11, 2016