The defendant enticed a 14-year-old girl to pose nude.
Greenbelt, Md (KM) A guilty plea was entered in U-S District Court in Greenbelt on Tuesday by a Boonsboro man. James Maynard, Jr.., 53, admitted to coercing and enticing a 14-year-old girl to produce and distribute child pornography.
Prosecutors say Maynard used a social media account to contact the girl on November 1st, 2019. Even though they didn’t begin that way, Maynard conversations became sexual.l. He eventually asked her to send him nude photos of herself. The victim took the photos with her tablet in her bedroom, and sent them to Maynard over social media.
After a while, the victim became upset and tried to delete the photos of herself. Around that time, detectives in Frederick and the FBI began an investigation which included doing a forensic analysis of the girl’s tablet and social media records.
A search warrant was served at Maynard’s residence, and his cell phone was seized. A forensic analysis revealed several images, including one of the 14-yera-old girl. Investigators also did a forensic analysis on another computer in Maynard’s home, and concluded that Maynard used the internet to search topics involving minors and sex, including “daddy and daughter sex,” “kids having sex” and “little girl nude.”
While being interviewed, Maynard told investigators he thought the girl was 19. But instigators showed Maynard content from his on line messages where he admitted he knew the girl was 14 each time he communicated with her on social media.
As part of his plea agreement, Maynard will be required to register as a sex offender upon release from prison. No sentencing date has been scheduled.
By Kevin McManus