East Lampeter Township woman sentenced for producing child porn

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Lori Hilbourn

EAST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP, Pa.–A 30-year-old woman was sentenced Thursday in Lancaster County court to 12 years in prison for producing and distributing child pornography.

Lori Hilbourn, of East Lampeter Township, pleaded guilty, on February 27, 2015, to two counts of manufacturing and one count each of distributing and possessing child pornography.  Hilbourn admitted that, beginning in December 2013 and continuing for several months, she took sexually explicit photographs of a 9 year-old child at the request of her then-boyfriend, George Wakeley, Jr.  Using her cell phone, Hilbourn then texted the photos to Wakeley, who posted them on the internet to his Flickr account to share with other users who wanted child pornography, prosecutors said.  In April 2014, a investigators searched Hilbourn’s cell phone and discovered she still possessed 15 nude and sexually explicit images of the child.

Hilbourn must register as a sex offender.

Wakely plead guilty to charges of receipt; distribution; and possession of child pornography.  He was sentenced on September 2, 2015 to six years in prison.

The case was investigated by the East Lampeter Township Police Department with assistance from the FBI. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Rotella.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.