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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Alabama

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Morgan County Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Exploitation of a Child

BIRMINGHAM – A Morgan County man pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to sexual exploitation of a child for videotaping a 13-year-old girl undressing and stepping into a shower, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, FBI Special Agent in Charge Roger C. Stanton and Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary Stan Stabler.

DUSTY RAY WILHOITE, 35, entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Karon O. Bowdre. The judge scheduled Wilhoite’s sentencing for Dec. 7 in Huntsville.

According to Wilhoite’s plea agreement with the government, he produced the video in 2011. The mother of Wilhoite’s victim found the camera memory card containing the explicit images in 2013 and notified law enforcement.

The maximum penalty for sexual exploitation of a child is 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The FBI and ALEA investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacquelyn Hutzell is prosecuting.


Updated June 29, 2016