Andrew Keith appeared in court yesterday, Jan. 25, for a detention hearing where he faced 115 counts of producing child pornography. Keith allegedly produced the child pornography at his mother’s in-home day care in West Chester.
The federal indictment against Keith (photo) alleges that on multiple occasions during 2002 and 2003, he coerced or forced at least three minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct, photographed the boys and traded the images over the Internet.
During Tuesday’s court appearance, the house was described by federal prosecutors Tuesday as more dungeon than a day care, according to Cincinnati Enquirer reporter Dan Horn.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Christy Muncy told the judge that Keith’s mother, Teresa Bailey, knew what her son was doing. Bailey told the Enquirer last week that she “suspected something was fishy about her son’s behavior” while she was running the day care.
Muncy also said Bailey continued to run the daycare operation and allowed her son to be in the house “knowing her son was a pedophile,” according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Bailey is not being charge with a crime.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephanie K. Bowman decided to keep Keith in jail without bond.
According to the Journal News, Keith pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the 117 counts against him.
For more on the story, visit the Cincinnati Enquirer’s story titled “Prosecutor: Home more dungeon than day care.”
Keith is also being charged with one count each of transportation and possession of child pornography.
Each of the 115 counts of production is punishable by at least 10 years and up to 20 years in prison. Transportation is punishable by at least five years and up to 10 years.
UPDATED 11:29 A.M. Just received word that Judge Sandra S. Beckwith has set Keith’s trial to commence on February 28.
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