Jason Ellis, 33, a well-known photographer in Newport Beach, has been charged with unlawful sex with a 14-year-old girl. His fiancee, Michelle Hecker, 31, has been arrested for facilitating the crimes.
Ellis allegedly met the girl while horse back riding and lured her into the relationship with promises to help her with a modeling career. The alleged crimes were uncovered when her parents hired a private investigator.
Hecker is accused of driving the girl for her liaisons with Ellis and helping her conceal the meetings. It is a relatively rare indictment of a couple, though not unheard of.
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Police Officer for the Department of Defense Pleads Guilty to Traveling into the District of Columbia to Engage in Illicit Sexual Conduct and Enticing a Minor Child
WASHINGTON—Matthew McMullen, a 27-year-old police officer working for the Department of the Defense, pled guilty today to traveling interstate to engage in illicit sexual conduct and enticing a minor, announced U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr., James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
McMullen, of California, Md., entered the guilty plea in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The Honorable Gladys Kessler is to sentence him July 12, 2011. McMullen faces a maximum sentence of 30 years of imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. Under federal sentencing guidelines, he faces a likely sentencing range of 46 to 57 months in prison.
According to the government’s evidence, on February 4, 2011, an undercover officer with the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force entered a social network site. The defendant contacted the undercover officer and they subsequently began communicating that day by e-mail. During their conversation, McMullen expressed interest in having sexual contact with an underaged child. The defendant traveled from Maryland to a pre-arranged meeting place in Washington, D.C. When he arrived at the meeting place, he was arrested.
Mom and Dad came through for their daughter.
If the facts as laid out in the story are proven, both of these miscreants should be put away for a long time. Yuk.
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