A Parkville couple accused of treating a 15-year-old girl from North Carolina as their personal sex "slave" and filming and distributing videos online of their sexual interactions with her have each been indicted on more than a dozen state and federal sex abuse charges.
The federal indictment, made this month, includes charges of producing and distributing child pornography, and transporting the girl across state lines for sexual reasons.
John Andrew Blaes, 48, and Margaret Ellen Jones, 36, met online in 2010 and "became involved in a sexual relationship involving bondage, discipline, sadism, and masochism," according to the federal indictment, filed May 9.
Shortly after, Jones moved into Blaes' home in the 8600 block of Wendell Ave. in Parkville.
In July 2011, they began recruiting other women and girls online to join them in their sexual activities, and sent pornographic images of themselves to the girl in North Carolina before driving to the state, picking the girl up and abusing her in their car, the indictment says.
Between July and November of last year, after bringing the girl to their shared Parkville home, Blaes and Jones had sex with the girl multiple times a week, recorded themselves and distributed the videos online, the indictment says.
Blaes posted the images online "for the purpose of recruiting" other people to join Jones and him, the indictment says.
Blaes and Jones were each indicted on sex abuse and child pornography charges in Baltimore County in January.
It was not immediately clear how the federal indictment this month might affect their respective cases in Baltimore County, which are both scheduled to go to trial next month. The state and federal charges are different.
Marcia Murphy, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office for Maryland, said both cases were proceeding.
"We work with our state partners on these sorts of cases to get the best result," she said.
Stephen Tully, Blaes' attorney, said Tuesday he was unaware of the federal indictment in light of the state cases moving forward.
"It's usually one or the other, not both," he said.
Tully said Blaes has pleaded not guilty to the state charges and is distraught about the case.
Tully also said he was not aware of any evidence that any of the sexual activity alleged at the state or federal level was "forced."
Neither Donna Coleman, Jones' attorney and an assistant public defender in Baltimore County, nor Keith Pion, an assistant state's attorney and the prosecutor in the Baltimore County charges, could be reached for comment.