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Ex-YMCA Employee Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges

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The Roanoke Times (Virginia)

 

A Roanoke woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to producing and distributing child pornography.

Shannon Marie Bobrosky turned the camera of her cellphone on herself and a child to create images that she then shared with others electronically, according to a summary of the prosecutor 's evidence. She pleaded guilty in Roanoke federal court to four counts of a grand jury indictment stemming from her February arrest.

The minimum prison term for producing child porn is 15 years.

When arrested, she worked for the YMCA of the Roanoke Valley in a part-time child care position providing after-school supervision at Virginia Heights Elementary School in Roanoke, according to the YMCA. After her arrest, the Y fired Bobrosky.

The investigation found no evidence that any child other than the one connected to these charges was victimized, said Jerre Harvard, a special agent with the Department of Homeland Security. Bobrosky, 23, said the images were made in her home.

Before her admissions, U.S. District Court Judge Glen Conrad told Bobrosky the consequences of pleading guilty: "There's going to be a hefty chunk of incarceration for you to serve."

Bobrosky will owe restitution to the child of at least 50 percent of her prison income, said Laura Rottenborn, an assistant U.S. attorney. Bobrosky, who has been held since her arrest, shuffled out of court in ankle cuffs and an orange jail outfit to await sentencing behind bars. That hearing was scheduled for Nov. 27.

Homeland security agents in Newark, New Jersey, broke the case while probing a 2015 Craigslist ad seeking people with deviant sexual tastes, according to an affidavit for a search warrant filed in the Southern District of New York federal court.

Electronic messages sent to the point of contact for the ad led to the arrest of a New York man who went by the name "Will." His phone contained child porn images sent by a "Virginia woman" who was questioned by investigators in Roanoke in February, the affidavit said.

Investigators acting on a tip from colleagues in Newark interviewed Bobrosky in Roanoke in February, leading to her arrest.

Cody William Leo Mann of New York has pleaded not guilty to the receipt and distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography, New York court records show.

An account derived from documents in the Roanoke court and disclosures by the U.S. attorney's office in Roanoke suggests Bobrosky had an online relationship with a man she met through Craigslist and provided him with images of actual or simulated child molestation.

Rottenborn referred to that man in court Wednesday as "Will," but also told Conrad that Bobrosky distributed pornographic images to multiple people.

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