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September 17, 2013

London woman sentenced for child pornography

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

LONDON — Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Stewart Walker, London Police Chief; and Perrye Turner, Special Agent in Charge, FBI, jointly announced Wednesday a London woman, who photographed two children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.

On Tuesday, Sept. 10, U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar sentenced 37-year-old Corrine Sherman for producing child pornography, possessing child pornography, and conspiracy.  Sherman’s husband and co-defendant, Rickey Sherman, died of a heart attack in July while in custody.

 In February of this year, a jury convicted both at trial. Evidence presented established that, in 2008 and continuing throughout much of 2011, the Shermans conspired to produce child pornography. During this time period, the couple produced at least 40 images of two, prepubescent children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The investigation started when state authorities received a tip that Rickey Sherman had violated conditions of his probation from a previous offense. During that investigation, Corrine Sherman attempted to hide a camera from law enforcement. The camera was eventually recovered and contained the child pornography images.

Rickey Sherman had owned Truck Town Repair in the Dogpatch Trading Post. After looking at the history and contents of the computer there, authorities found evidence the Shermans were looking at questionable websites, which prompted further investigation.

Both Shermans were indicted in September 2011. Under federal law, Corrine Sherman will have to serve at least 85 percent of her prison sentence.

This is the second time Rickey Sherman has been involved in such a crime. On April 27, 2009, he was charged with distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance of a minor. That charge was later amended to unlawful access to a computer, and he was sentenced to five years probation on the conditions that he “have no contact with minor children other than those of his and his wife” and “not to have any access to a computer.”

The investigation was conducted by Sgt. Joe Smith, with the London Police Department, and the FBI. The U.S. Attorney’s Office was represented in the case by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Parman.

Information for this article came from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Kentucky.

 

cmills@sentinel-echo.com

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