Johnson City Press Saturday, November 29, 2014

Follow me on:


News Crime Local News

Johnson City mother pleads not guilty to selling daughter into child porn

October 23rd, 2013 10:21 am by Becky Campbell

Johnson City mother pleads not guilty to selling daughter into child porn



GREENEVILLE — A Johnson City mother accused with her husband of selling their children into a child pornography production pleaded not guilty to multiple charges this morning in federal court.


Connie Sue McCall, 40, was arraigned on four charges this morning resulting from an August 2011 incident involving one of the children.

The indictment alleges that she and her husband, Ronnie McCall, 61, sold the victim to someone else knowing that the child would be portrayed in a child porn production. They face a minimum of 30 years to life in federal prison if convicted.

Ronnie McCall did not appear in court, but his attorney was there to hear the charges against his client.


Judge Dennis Inman scheduled a Jan. 16 trial date for the couple.


A second count alleges that she used, persuaded or coerced a child to engage in sexual conduct for the purpose of producing child porn. That charge carries 15-30 years.


A third count alleges that she knowingly permitted the child to behave in sexual conduct with the purposes of visual depiction. That charge also carries 15-30 years.


The final count alleges that she violated interstate commerce laws in the incident, a charge that carries 10 years to life in prison.


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.


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 McCalls will remain in custody while their federal case is pending.

comments powered by Disqus