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Update: Johnson City couple accused of selling kids into porn ring

October 18th, 2013 12:46 pm by Becky Campbell

Update: Johnson City couple accused of selling kids into porn ring


GREENEVILLE — A couple convicted in Washington County of child neglect for failure to care properly for their four children are now indicted in federal court on allegations they sold three of their four girls for pornographic purposes.


Ronnie McCall, 61, and Connie McCall, 40, were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of selling of a child by parents, coercion and enticement of a minor and two counts of production of child pornography.


The victims in the case are three of the McCalls’ four daughters — ages 5, 11, 14 and 16 — at the time. The youngest child was not involved in the pornography incidents but was a victim in another child neglect case against the McCalls. All four girls are now in state custody.


The case was filed Oct. 8 and the two were arrested on Tuesday. They waived a detention hearing and will remain in custody while the case is pending.


Washington County District Attorney General Tony Clark said the man who allegedly had sexual contact with the underage girls and filmed the encounters committed suicide.


The McCalls were arrested in Johnson City in July 2012 on child abuse and neglect charges after police reportedly found their children living in “deplorable” conditions at their Heritage Mobile Home Park off South Roan Street.


Police assisted Child Protective Services on the call and found three children lived at the residence, but one child, age 6, had been taken by her parents to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment that had been recommended by CPS. After being examined, the child was found to have many environmental neglect issues, including ringworm, flea bites and severe head and body lice.


The report also said numerous teeth had turned black with decay. The child’s bottom teeth had decay to the point of complete gum exposure, the document said. There was no information released about the other children in the home. The affidavit said officers found “deplorable” living conditions at the residence, and photographs were taken for evidence. 


The McCalls pleaded guilty in Washington County Criminal Court in August and were sentenced to three years of probation.


The next action in the case is a scheduling conference Oct. 23 in Greeneville.

An earlier version of the story

GREENEVILLE — A Johnson City couple charged with selling their children to a sex film ring have waived their right to a detention hearing and will remain in custody until the case is completed.

The Citizen-Tribune reported that 40-year-old Connie Sue McCall and her husband, 61-year-old Ronnie Lee McCall, bypassed a hearing in Greenville on Tuesday.

A federal grand jury charged the McCalls with selling children for the purpose of creating child porn and other sex-related charges.

The alleged sex-related sale of their minor children was not final. At the time, their daughters' approximate ages were 5, 11, 14 and 16.

Washington County prosecutor Anthony W. Clark says the man who allegedly had sexual contact with the underage girls and filmed the encounters committed suicide.

The McCalls were arrested in Johnson City in July 2012 on child abuse and neglect charges after police reportedly found their children living in "deplorable" conditions at their Heritage Mobile Home Park off South Roan Street.

Police assisted Child Protective Services on the call and found three children lived at the residence, but one child, age 6, had been taken by her parents to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment that had been recommended by CPS. After being examined, the child was found to have many environmental neglect issues, including ringworm, flea bites and severe head and body lice.

The report also said numerous teeth had turned black with decay. The child’s bottom teeth had decay to the point of complete gum exposure, the document said. There was no information released about the other children in the home. The affidavit said officers found “deplorable” living conditions at the residence, and photographs were taken for evidence. 

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