Friday, March 02, 2007

Missouri Kidnapper Devlin Faces Child Porn Charges

A Missouri man accused of kidnapping and molesting two boys was indicted Thursday on federal charges he took pornographic pictures and videos of one of the youngsters. The indictment marked the first federal charges against Michael Devlin, 41, a former pizzeria manager from the St. Louis suburbs.
Devlin is charged with kidnapping and other offenses in the 2002 abduction of Shawn Hornbeck, who is now 15, and the January abduction of 13-year-old Ben Ownby. Both boys were found in Devlin's apartment Jan. 12.

U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway said the six-count indictment alleges Devlin photographed and videotaped a minor engaged in sexually explicit acts between 2002 and this year. Two other counts allege he took the minor to Illinois and Arizona with the intent to engage in sexual assault.

Hanaway said all six counts involved the same child, identified only as "S." The charges did not name Shawn, but authorities have alleged that Devlin held him captive from October 2002 until police found the boy in January.
This is an ongoing investigation, and there is a strong possibility that even more charges will be forthcoming as the investigators delve deeper into Devlin's background.

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