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Micheal Ledee Guilty: Man Had Mother Molest 9-Year-Old, Watched On Webcam

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Micheal Ledee was convicted Wednesday for instructing a woman to molest her 9-year-old daughter while watching via webcam on Yahoo! Messenger.
Micheal Ledee was convicted Wednesday for instructing a woman to molest her 9-year-old daughter while watching via webcam on Yahoo! Messenger.

A New York man was convicted Wednesday of coercing a woman to molest her underage daughter while he watched via a webcam.

Brooklyn resident Micheal Ledee, 29, was found guilty in federal court of conspiracy to sexually exploit a child, sexual exploitation of a child and receipt of child pornography. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 30 years for the conspiracy and sexual exploitation charges, and a mandatory minimum of five years for the child pornography count.

Prosecutors said Ledee used Yahoo! Messenger to direct the molestation and watch the abuse via webcam, according to a press release from the FBI and the United States Attorney's Office in New York.

Court documents preserved the anonymity of the 9-year-old girl, referring to her only with the pseudonym "Jane Doe." However, she took the stand to testify during the three-day trial. Her mother -- who's already serving a 25-year sentence in Washington -- remained unnamed as well.

"We are committed to protecting children from online predators," United States Attorney Lorette E. Lynch said in the release. "Those who sexually exploit children will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."

The abuse occurred in May 2010, according to Ledee's indictment. Prosecutors would not discuss with The Huffington Post how Ledee knew the mother.

It is known that the girl and her mother are residents of Washington, the Village Voice reported.

Computer forensic experts and a Yahoo! software engineer were also witnesses called by the prosecution.

A date for Ledee's sentencing hasn't been scheduled yet, according to Robert Nardoza, a spokesman from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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