A former Hagerstown man pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a child to produce child pornography, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Maryland.
Thomas Leroy Griffin Jr., 32, engaged in sexually explicit conduct with a child younger than 12 in to order to produce a visual depiction of that conduct, the U.S. attorney’s office said Monday in a news release.
The conduct occurred at least five times, starting when the female victim was 5 or 6 years old, until August 2010, the news release says.
On Dec. 15, 2010, the girl’s mother discovered a videotape documenting the sexual abuse, the U.S. attorney’s office said.
Under a plea agreement, Griffin will be sentenced to 30 years in prison, followed by lifetime supervised release.
He also will have to register as a sex offender.
Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 20, 2012.
The news release says Griffin also agreed to plead guilty to a charge of sexual abuse of a minor pending in Washington County Circuit Court.
The state’s attorney’s office in Washington County will recommend a 30-year sentence, concurrent to the federal sentence, the news release says.
Griffin has lived in Hagerstown and Rosedale, Md., the U.S. attorney’s office said.