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Dundalk man pleads guilty to child-pornography charge

The Baltimore Sun

A 48-year-old Dundalk man who is registered as a sex offender in Maryland pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to sexual exploitation of a minor to produce child pornography and possession of child pornography, and could be sentenced to 25 years in prison, the U.S. attorney's office in Baltimore said.

Robert Paul Layton was convicted of a third-degree sex offense in state court in Prince George's County in 1994, according to prosecutors. He is scheduled to be sentenced on the most recent federal charges Nov. 15; the sentence, which includes a lifetime of supervised release, was part of his plea agreement.

Police said they searched Layton's home Feb. 7, acting on statements made by two boys, ages 13 and 14, who said they had been sexually assaulted by Layton. On his computer, police said they uncovered evidence that in 2003 Layton had coerced a 14- or 15-year-old boy to engage in sexual acts and that he abused other boys ages 11 to 15.

"Layton would give the minor boys cash, alcohol and marijuana in return for the performance of sexual acts and would permit the minor boys to view pornography in his residence," prosecutors said in a statement. Authorities said they found numerous pornographic movies and pictures on Layton's computer.

The prosecutors also said that between 2004 and 2006, Layton traveled to South Dakota, engaged in sexual activity with a boy age 13 to 15 and brought the boy back to Baltimore.

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