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Press Release

Virginia Beach Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Production of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia
Baigert recorded himself engaged in sex acts with fourteen and fifteen year old victims

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Michael John Baigert, Jr., 21, of Virginia Beach, Virginia was sentenced today, on four counts of production of child pornography, to 240 months in prison for each count, to run concurrently, followed by a lifetime of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay Jane Doe 1 restitution in the amount of $2,031.36.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and John S. Adams, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Mark S. Davis.

Baigert plead guilty to the indictment on October 16, 2014. According to court documents, Baigert acknowledged that in August, 2013, he travelled from his home in Virginia Beach to York County to visit “Jane Doe 1” whom he met via an on-line messenger app called “KIK.”  Baigert and “Jane Doe 1” entered a wooded area near her home where Baigert committed a number of sex acts on her.  The victim reported to the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office that she had been sexually assaulted.  Unbeknownst to the victim, Baigert recorded a portion of the sex acts on his iPhone. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the defendant’s home where they seized a number of items.  Baigert admitted to detectives that he engaged in a number of sex acts with “Jane Doe 1” who he knew to be 14 or 15 years old.  Further investigation revealed three other victims, age 16 or younger, with whom Baigert engaged in sexual activity.  In each instance Baigert asked the victim if he could record their sexual activity and was told “no” each time. Baigert disputes that he asked any of the victims if he could record their sexual activity.  Numerous homemade videos depicting young females engaged in sexually explicit conduct were found on electronic devices recovered from Baigert’ s home following execution of the search warrant.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa R. McKeel is prosecuting 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. 4:14cr55.
Updated March 24, 2015