House Help Sentenced to 5 Years for Taking Explicit Photos of Child

Shocking cases of child sexual exploitation: House help jailed, professors and mayors convicted for producing and distributing child porn. Authorities vow to hold perpetrators accountable and protect vulnerable children.

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House Help Sentenced to 5 Years for Taking Explicit Photos of Child

House Help Sentenced to 5 Years for Taking Explicit Photos of Child

Sharon Wabwile, a middle-aged woman working as a house help, has been sentenced to five years in prison or a Ksh.15 million fine for taking sexually explicit pictures of a seven-year-old girl and sending them to her boyfriend. Wabwile was convicted of the offense of undertaking child pornography.

The court ordered Wabwile to pay a restitution amount of Ksh.2 million to the victim, and the images were to be expunged from all media platforms. The phone used to take the images was also forfeited to the Communications Authority of Kenya.

This case is one of several recent convictions involving child sexual abuse material. A former EKU professor, Kyle Knezevich, was sentenced to 220 months in prison in 2023 for attempting to produce child pornography by placing a hidden camera in a men's bathroom on the EKU campus, where he recorded both adult and minor males in various states of nudity. Investigators discovered Knezevich had been producing these recordings since 2009.

Former Beaverton mayor Dennis Doyle was arrested in 2023 for allegedly violating his parole after being convicted of possessing child pornography in 2022. Doyle pleaded guilty to the charges after a thumb drive containing hundreds of pornographic images of children, some under the age of 12, was found at a local youth soccer club where he had previously served as vice president. Doyle was sentenced to six months in prison and required to register as a sex offender and pay $22,000 in restitution to the victims.

Wayne Lee Hauzer, a 59-year-old registered sex offender from Tracy, California, was sentenced to 29 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for distribution of child pornography. In April 2022, Hauzer engaged in a private chat via Kik messenger with an undercover federal agent whom he believed to be a 13-year-old girl and sent the agent videos of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

A 75-year-old Berlin man, Pasco L. Allen, Jr., was sentenced to 5 years in prison, with all but 1 year suspended, for the distribution of child pornography. Allen was convicted after investigators traced evidence of possession of child pornography to his home and found he had sent a saved image of child pornography to another person via Facebook.

Why this matters: These cases highlight the ongoing problem of child sexual exploitation and the importance of holding perpetrators accountable. The sentences send a strong message that such behavior will not be tolerated and aim to protect vulnerable children from abuse.

Authorities stress that the safety and well-being of children are of utmost importance. "The alleged behavior is abhorrent and will not be tolerated," stated officials involved in the cases of Wabwile and Flannery. The Department of Justice's Project Safe Childhood initiative, under which Hauzer was prosecuted, aims to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse nationwide.

Key Takeaways

  • House help sentenced to 5 years for child pornography
  • Former EKU professor sentenced for hidden camera in bathroom
  • Ex-Beaverton mayor arrested for violating parole on child porn
  • Registered sex offender sentenced to 29 years for child porn
  • 75-year-old man sentenced for distributing child pornography