BALTIMORE — A Hagerstown woman was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to 3 1/2 years in prison for possession of child pornography that she produced, U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said.
U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson ordered Patricia Ann Tasker, 20, to undergo 10 years of supervised release after serving her sentence and to register as a sex offender, according to a news release from Rosenstein's office.
Tasker's 42-month prison sentence was also announced by Special Agent in Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations; Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore; and Washington County State's Attorney Charles P. Strong, Jr.
According to her plea agreement, Tasker moved into a home in June 2010 to take care of an 8-year-old girl, Rosenstein said in the release.
In August 2010, the mother of the girl reported to the Washington County Sheriff's Office that she had seen images of her daughter engaged in sexually explicit conduct on Tasker's laptop computer and provided the laptop to the sheriff's office, Rosenstein said.
After obtaining a search warrant for the computer, the sheriff's office examined the computer and found a six-minute, 40-second video depicting the girl engaging in sexually explicit conduct, he said.
Tasker admitted that she created the video by recording it on her laptop, and that the victim engaged in the sexual activity at Tasker's request, he said.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the U.S. Department of Justice, Rosenstein said.