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Md. couple admit to making child pornography

A Middle River, Md., couple worked together to make pornographic videos of children, including a baby girl, according to federal prosecutors in Maryland.

John F. Nicklas, 35, was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to 60 years in prison for two counts of sexually exploiting minors to produce child pornography, authorities said. He pleaded guilty in October.

His fiancée, Shannon L. Honea, 27, pleaded guilty to the same charges Tuesday.

The couple arranged to have girls spend the evening at their home so that Nicklas “could produce child pornography and sexually abuse the children,” according to court papers filed in Honea’s case.

They made a video of a baby being fondled by Nicklas as Honea held the child, and videos of girls changing clothes, court papers say.

The couple planned to have children of their own so that they could sexually abuse them, prosecutors said in court papers.

Authorities investigated the couple after undercover Baltimore County police detectives received pornographic images and videos that were traced back to the home the couple shared.

When officers conducted a search in 2009, they found more than 600 pornographic images, according to the plea agreement.

This item has been updated since it was first published.

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