A Parkville man is scheduled to be sentenced this week on charges of transporting a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct, and the woman he lived with has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce child pornography in a case that prosecutors said involved confining a minor in their home.
John Andrew Blaes, 49, of Parkville, previously pleaded guilty to the conspiracy and to transporting a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 19.
Meanwhile, the plea of Margaret Ellen Jones, 37, of Parkville, was announced this month by U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein, with FBI, Homeland Security officials and Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson.
According to the plea agreement, at some time prior to March 2010, Jones and Blaes met online and began a relationship that led to Jones moving into Blaes’ home in Parkville, the U.S. Attorney said.
During their relationship, Blaes used the Internet to contact women and girls to recruit them into bondage-related activities, prosecutors said.
On July 5, 2011, Blaes contacted a 15-year-old female and later traveled from Maryland to the victim’s home in North Carolina to bring her to live with them in Parkville, the U.S. Attorney said. Prosecutors allege that Blaes and Jones sexually abused the victim and took photographs of her from approximately July 22, 2011 to November 20, 2011.
Prosecutors said the victim was instructed to call Blaes “master” or “sir,” and to call Jones “mistress,” and that Blaes and Jones instructed the victim to keep the sexual conduct and her age a secret. Police said Blaes and Jones used a camera and cell phones to document their abuse and distributed explicit images of the victim online.
Police said the case was brought to light through Project Safe Childhood, an initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse.
As part of her plea agreement, Jones must register as a sex offender in the place where she resides, where she is an employee, and where she is a student. She faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years in prison for conspiracy to produce child pornography, followed by up to lifetime of supervised release.
Jones’ sentencing is scheduled sentencing for June 11.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun