U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania
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October 31, 2014

Philadelphia Woman Charged with Exploiting 6-Year-Old and Infant

Christine Yoder, 32, of Philadelphia, PA, was charged today by indictment in a case of child exploitation that involved the alleged sexual abuse of two minors, who were six years old and 16 months old at the time of the abuse, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. Yoder is charged with two counts of employing a child to produce images of the child engaged in sexually explicit conduct and two counts of distributing material involving the sexual exploitation of children.

According to the indictment, in May of 2014, Yoder sent a photograph to an undercover FBI agent of a six-year-old (“Minor #1”), which depicted that child engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Thereafter, Yoder allegedly offered to fly Minor #1 to Detroit for sexual activity. Yoder also allegedly produced pornographic photographs of a 16-month old.

If convicted of all charges, Yoder faces a maximum possible sentence of 100 years in prison, including a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison. The defendant also faces a fine of up to $1 million, a special assessment of $400, and a mandatory minimum five-year term of supervised release up to a lifetime of supervised release.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by First Assistant United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen.

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