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Guilty plea in child-porn case

The Baltimore Sun

A 37-year-old Perry Hall man pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to producing child pornography and taking photographs of three young girls, two of whom he plied with alcohol and forced to play strip poker, according to federal prosecutors.

Stephen Michael Gayer faces up to 20 years in prison on each of two counts of production of child pornography, followed by supervised probation for life. He is scheduled to be sentenced April 10 and has been in custody since his arrest in October, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Prosecutors said that in March 2006, Gayer engaged in sexual conduct with a 15-year-old girl and took pictures, and then downloaded the digital images to his home computer.

In May 2006, prosecutors said he had two girls under the age of 12 staying at his home. The prosecutors said Gayer gave them alcohol, had them undress and photographed them. Prosecutors also said he played strip poker with them. Authorities said a search of Gayer's safe turned up more photographs of the two girls.

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