Married Couple Receives Lengthy Sentence For Child Pornography

Patricia Ayers and her husband, Matthew Ayers, are facing a combined sentence of 2,000 years prison.

Patricia Ayers was sentenced to 1,590 years in prison, and her husband Matthew Ayers is facing 750 years in prison after being convicted of over 100 counts of producing child pornography.

U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler said, "I have been on the bench since 1998, and this is the worst case I have personally dealt with, including murders. You robbed this child of her childhood and her soul, and a maximum sentence is the only sentence appropriate."

The couple, who lived in Florence, Alabama, pleaded guilty in June to charges related to producing pornographic images of a child in their custody. They produced and distributed the pornography between the summer of 2010 and January 2013.

In addition, Patricia pleaded to 53 counts of producing child pornography while Matthew pleaded guilty to 25 counts. In their plea agreements, the couple acknowledged that they photographed the child engaged in lewd and lascivious poses, and that they both engaged in sexual acts with the child that the other person photographed.

Patricia also admitted that she sent the child pornography to a man in Texas and made arrangements for him to have sex with the child. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the amount of child exploitation has been dramatically increasing since the 1990’s.

CyberTipline was launched in 1998, it has since received over 2.5 million reports of sexually exploited children. Furthermore, the child pornography industry brings in $3 billion annually. In 83 percent of child pornography cases, the child or children are between the ages of six and 12.

The Ayers' couple also faces state charges of producing child pornography, rape and sexual abuse.

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Husband and wife will spend the rest of their lives behind bars.

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