Mercer man convicted of producing child pornography

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A Mercer man was found guilty today of six counts of production of child pornography plus one count of possession, and faces a sentence that could range from 15 to 90 years.

Earl D. Warner, 55, filmed and photographed three girls ages 11 and 12 engaging in sexually explicit poses and dances. The prosecution argued that he made them for his own sexual gratification.

After a three-day trial, the jury of 10 men and two women deliberated for around four hours before returning a verdict.

Both assistant U.S. attorney Carolyn Bloch and defense attorney David Chontos agreed that Mr. Warner faces 15-year mandatory minimum sentences on the charges of production of child pornography. U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab can decide at the June 6 sentencing whether to allow him to serve the sentences concurrently or consecutively.

Mr. Warner has been jailed for the duration of the prosecution and was taken back into custody by U.S. Marshals.

Rich Lord: or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.

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