October 20, 2015

Philadelphia Woman Sentenced to 25 Years for Exploiting 6-Year-Old and Infant

PHILADELPHIA—Christine Yoder, 33, of Philadelphia, PA, was sentenced today to 300 months in prison for charges of child exploitation that involved the sexual abuse of a six-year old child and a 16-month old infant. Yoder pleaded guilty on March 9, 2015, to 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.

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 offered to fly Minor #1 to Detroit for sexual activity. Yoder also produced pornographic photographs of a 16-month old.

In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Petrese B. Tucker ordered 10 years of supervised release, and a special assessment of $400.

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