Birmingham woman pleads guilty to child porn charges - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Birmingham woman pleads guilty to child porn charges

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WBRC) – A Birmingham woman has pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday to charges of transporting and possessing child pornography.

46-year-old Lisa Michelle Runyan entered the pleas before U.S. District Judge Lynwood Smith, Jr.

The charges stem from when Runyan says she took photographs in Georgia of a pre-teen girl in 2007. The photographs were stored in a laptop computer that Runyan owned in 2009.

Runyan faces a minimum of 5 years in prison for the transportation charge. Both charges carry a maximum fine of $250,000. Runyan will also have to register as a sex offender if convicted.

"Once again an adult has chosen to exploit, rather than protect an innocent child," U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance said. "Prosecuting the crime and holding the violator accountable is the step we must take to help the victim heal and to reinforce that our society will not tolerate the abuse and exploitation of children."

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