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Hagerstown woman scheduled for sentencing Oct. 5 for sex offenses and possession of child pornography

June 24, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
  • Patricia Ann Tasker
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A 19-year-old Hagerstown woman faces a maximum of 10 years in prison following her guilty plea Friday in federal court in Baltimore to possession of child pornography which she had produced.    

Patricia Ann Tasker is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 5 by U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.

Tasker was arrested in August 2010 on state charges of sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl, according to the statement of probable cause filed by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

The charges included second-, third- and fourth-degree sex offenses, sexual abuse of a minor, perverted practices, possession of child pornography and allowing a minor to engage as a subject in sexual misconduct, according to District Court records.

Those charges were placed on the inactive docket in February, according to Circuit Court records.

Around the end of May 2010, Tasker moved into a home to take care of the victim, Circuit Court documents said.

In August, the mother of the child contacted the Washington County Sheriff's Office, telling investigators that she found a pornographic video of her daughter on Tasker's laptop computer, the charging documents said.

The sheriff's office obtained a search warrant, examined the computer and found a six-minute, 40-second video "which depicts the 8-year-old girl engaging in sexually explicit conduct," the U.S. Attorney's Office release said.

"Tasker admits that she created the video ... and that the victim engaged in the sexual activity at Tasker's request," the release said.

As part of the plea agreement Tasker will be required to register as a sex offender wherever she lives, works or is a student, the release said.

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