DIRTBAG ROUNDUP – Patrick Shawn Sutphin Sentenced to 20 years in slammer for Sexually Exploiting a Child to Produce Child Pornography

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Shawn Patrick Sutphin sentenced to more than 20 years in Fed prison child sex abuse, child rape, and creating kiddie porn

DIRTBAG ROUNDUP –  Patrick Shawn Sutphin Sentenced to 20 years in slammer for Sexually Exploiting a Child to Produce Child Pornography

BALTIMORE, MD. – Now a Talbot County man will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars after pleading guilty to using a child for producing child porn as well as raping the child. First, he was given 30 years in a series of convictions in Talbot County Circuit Court and then the Feds took a run at him. This dirtbag, Shawn Sutphin, will hopefully die in prison.

This dirtbag, Shawn Sutphin, will hopefully die in prison.

U.S. District Judge George L. Russell III sentenced Patrick Shawn Sutphin, 44, of Easton, Maryland, on Jan. 12, 2017, to 345 months in prison, followed by lifetime supervised release, after Sutphin pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child to produce child pornography. Judge Russell also ordered that upon his release from prison Sutphin must register as a sex offender in the place where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). Judge Russell ordered that Sutphin’s federal sentence is to be served concurrently to the sentence imposed in a related case in the Circuit Court for Talbot County.

United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein announced the guilty plea and sentence.

According to his plea agreement, between August and November 2015, Sutphin engaged in sexual acts with a 13-year-old girl. Sutphin, of 10496 Hiners Lane, Easton, Md., purchased gifts for the girl, including jewelry and clothing. At one point Sutphin transported the girl to Pennsylvania, where he also engaged in sexual acts with the victim. Sutphin communicated with the girl using text messages, video chat, and social media applications. In some of his communications Sutphin discussed the sexual conduct he had engaged in with the victim, and the conduct he wished to engage in in the future.

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The U.S. Attorney stated that on several occasions, Sutphin used his cellular phone to take sexually explicit pictures of the victim.

On November 3, 2015, Sutphin’s abuse of the victim was reported to Talbot County Sheriff’s Deputies, and the next day a search warrant was executed at Sutphin’s residence. Law enforcement seized Sutphin’s cellular phone and a subsequent search revealed many images of the victim engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

In Circuit Court for Talbot County, Md., Sutphin was charged with child abuse by a custodian adult.  Talbot County States Attorney Scott Paterson dropped the child abuse charge in a plea deal. In the deal, Sutphin entered a guilty plea on June 14, 2016, to Reckless Endangerment and was sentenced to five years in prison with all of the prison time suspended. Also as part of the plea deal, second and third-degree sex offense charges were dropped with five years of probation ordered.  Sutphin was sentenced to a total of 30 years in prison before the Federal charges were placed.

Court records of Talbot County show that the Circuit Court approved custody of a child in litigation between Sutphin and Danielle Lynn Cole on Feb. 9, 2006.

The Federal case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.