Va. Beach man convicted of producing child porn

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A federal jury convicted a Virginia Beach man Monday on 28 counts involving child pornography and destruction of records charges.

 

The conviction of 27-year-old Robert Harold Scott comes after a joint investigation involving U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

In a news release from U.S. Attorney Dana Boente, the case was detailed. It says Scott used the name “Mike Pyro” online and would communicate with local women who work as prostitutes to set up “sex parties” and pay them for their services. But in reality, he did not pay them and sometimes threatened to publish sexually explicit videos of them, if they didn’t do as he wanted.

In May 2013, Scott was convicted in Virginia Beach Circuit Court for felony extortion and larceny.

In addition to the adults involved, Scott was found to be conspiring to produce and producing child pornography with at least five different women. Court documents say Scott got the women to send him videos of them performing sex acts with children between the ages of one and five. A total of seven children were victimized.

Detectives used text messages and emails to make their arguments in court.

Scott faces a maximum penalty of life in prison when he is sentenced on November 12.

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