A mother police accused of using her 5-year-old daughter to make pornography videos was indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury Thursday.
The Gazette is not naming the woman to protect the identity of the child. A home address was not listed for the woman in court records.
The 26-year-old woman was the target of a online porn investigation in 2012 and 2013. According to court records, a police computer forensics team traced child porn downloaded to her laptop, where they later found files labeled “homemade pornography,” video and images of the mother fondling her daughter. The alleged abuse happened in a Silver Spring basement, according to an account of the woman’s interview with police filed in court.
Via video, the mother appeared briefly before Montgomery County District Court Judge Eugene Wolfe on Friday.
Assistant Public Defenders Melanie Creedon and Jennifer B. Dayton spoke on the her behalf during the hearing. Creedon said the public defender’s office would be representing the woman.
The mother was initially charged with 37 criminal counts tied to sex abuse and child porn. But on Friday, she was indicted on three criminal counts: charges of sex abuse of a minor, second-degree sex offense, and third-degree sex offense.
A hearing is set for April 11.