Portage woman gets 15 years for child pornography

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI (WILX) - Rachel Marie Burrell, 30, of Portage, Michigan, was sentenced for sexual exploitation of a child.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced the sentence on Thursday.

Burrell was sentenced to 15 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.

She was also ordered to pay fines and other monetary penalties.

Burrell was found guilty of taking sexually explicit pictures of an infant in her care and forwarding the images to a man with whom she was in a relationship.

She also made the infant available to that man knowing he would sexually assault the infant.

According to a victim impact statement filed by the victim’s foster parents, the victim suffers from night terrors and a sensory processing disorder as a result of the abuse.

Chief Judge Jonker noted at sentencing “the ultimate injury to the child was severe.”

“Children, and infants in particular, are some of our most vulnerable victims and my office is dedicated to seeking justice when they are harmed,” said U.S. Attorney Birge.

This case is part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse.

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