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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Roanoke Woman Pleads Guilty to Child Sexual Exploitation, Child Pornography Charges

Shannon Bobrosky Admits to Sexually Exploiting a Minor, Distributing Child Pornography

Roanoke, VIRGINIA – A Roanoke woman, who repeatedly abused a 5-year-old child in her custody, pleaded guilty this morning in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke to a number of charges related to child sexual exploitation and child pornography, Acting United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle announced.

 

Shannon Marie Bobrosky, 23, of Roanoke, pleaded guilty to two counts of production of child pornography, one count of permitting the production of child pornography involving a child she had custody or control of at the time, and one count of distribution of child pornography.

 

According to evidence presented at this morning’s guilty plea hearing by Supervisory Assistant United States Attorney Laura Day Rottenborn, Bobrosky was the child victim’s legal guardian. Although she was responsible for the child’s physical, emotional and mental well-being, Bobrosky instead sexually abused the child, took digital photographs of the abuse, and distributed the images using text message applications and other means. According to the evidence, Bobrosky appears to have been motivated by her desire to satisfy various sexual fetishes, to include having a submissive relationship with males interested in child pornography and/or pedophilia, and seeking sexual gratification by providing such males with images of the actual or simulated sexual molestation of the child, as well as fantasies regarding the rape of the child by those males.

 

Acting United States Attorney Mountcastle commended Supervisory AUSA Rottenborn, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Roanoke City Police Department, whose outstanding investigation and prosecution rescued the child-victim from further sexual abuse.

Updated August 30, 2017