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Mother Who Sexually Exploited Her Children Sentenced

U.S. Attorney’s Office May 22, 2009
  • Middle District of Pennsylvania (717) 221-4482

Martin C. Carlson, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced that Angela Larkin, age 39, formerly of Emporium, Pennsylvania, was sentenced today by United States District Court Judge John E. Jones, III for production of child pornography. Judge Jones sentenced Larkin to a 30 year term of imprisonment. He further ordered that Larkin serve a lifetime term of supervised release.

According to U.S. Attorney Carlson, Larkin met men through an internet chatroom whose name suggested sexual activity with juveniles. Specifically, Larkin met co-defendant, Richard King, Jr. During the course of their chatroom internet exchange, Larkin advised King of her two young children. King expressed an interest in engaging in sexual activity with the younger child and after several images of child pornography were exchanged, arrangements were made for King to pick up both Larkin and her child from Buffalo, New York and return them to Mohton to engage in sexual activity with the victim child. During this time investigators learned of the images of the victim children being distributed via the internet.

King was sentenced to 30 years’ imprisonment on March 17, 2009.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Williamsport and Allentown and the Pennsylvania State Police at the Selinsgrove and Reading Barracks. Assistant United States Attorney Frederick E. Martin handled the prosecution of this case 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.

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