Laurel County woman sentenced to 30 years in prison for creating child porn

jwarren@herald-leader.comSeptember 12, 2013 

A Laurel County woman who allegedly photographed two children engaged in sexually explicit conduct has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.

Corrine Sherman, 37, was charged with producing child pornography, possessing child pornography and conspiracy, according to a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey.

Corrine Sherman and her late husband, Rickey Sherman, were charged in the case together. Both were found guilty in a federal jury trial in February. Rickey Sherman died of a heart attack in July while in custody, the U.S. Attorney's office said.

Evidence presented during the trial showed that the Shermans had conspired to produce child pornography from 2008 through much of 2011. During that time, they produced at least 40 images of two prepubescent children involved in sexually explicit conduct, federal authorities said.

The Shermans were indicted in September 2011. Rickey Sherman had operated a truck-repair business in Laurel County, according to federal officials.

A joint investigation into the case by the FBI and London police began after state authorities received a tip that Rickey Sherman had violated his parole from a previous offense. Authorities said that during the investigation, Corrine Sherman attempted to hide a camera that was eventually recovered. The camera was found to contain child-pornography images, the U.S. attorney's office said.

U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar sentenced Corrine Sherman on Tuesday in London, the news release said.

Under federal law, she must serve at least 85 percent of her sentence.

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255.

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