Tennessee mom admits to infant's rape, sharing images
A Seymour mother faces more than two decades behind bars for photographing her sexual abuse of her baby boy and sharing the images with a child pornography-seeking North Carolina man.
Naomi Jean Justice, 23, was to be tried Tuesday in U.S. District Court on charges of producing and distributing child pornography. Instead, Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Morris has filed a plea agreement he brokered with Justice’s attorney, Assistant Federal Defender Bobby Hutson Jr.
The plea deal includes an agreement the penalty range for Justice under federal sentencing guidelines is between 21 and 27 years and another 15 years on supervised release. U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves is not bound by that penalty range, but federal judges typically approve negotiated sentences, which are rare in federal court.
The case against Justice began in Washington, D.C., when an undercover operative on a joint FBI task force was approached via the Internet by North Carolina resident Joseph R. Rutherford in August 2014. He was in the market for child pornography.
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