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Avonmore man who videotaped himself raping girl sentenced to 21 years

Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, 12:51 a.m.
 

An Avonmore man has been sentenced in federal court to 21 years in prison for his guilty plea on charges of producing child pornography.

Timothy Eugene Shearer, 54, was ordered to serve a lifetime of supervision upon his release from prison.

State police arrested Shearer one year ago Thursday on charges that he engaged in sexual activity with a young girl and boy and taped the incidents.

According to information presented in federal court, from February through September 2009 and in or around October 2006, Shearer engaged in sexual conduct with a minor for the purpose of taking photos and videos. He was indicted also for possession of child pornography.

According to court documents, Shearer video recorded himself having sex with a then-8-year-old girl.

At his sentencing hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Lieber Smolar said the girl told police that Shearer had begun sexually assaulting her when she was about 5 or 6.

Shearer denied abusing the girl until family members found a hidden video camera containing a tape with a recording of one of the sexual assaults.

After the discovery, he admitted to having sexual contact with the girl and taking sexually explicit photos of her.

Shearer was convicted on state charges stemming from the rape of the girl and a then- 4-year-old boy.

His state sentence will run concurrent with his federal sentence.

Jodi Weigand is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4702 or jweigand@tribweb.com.

 

 
 


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