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Maryland school bus driver indicted for production of child pornography

GREENBELT, Md. - A federal grand jury has indicted Scott Smallwood, 27, of Upper Marlboro, Md., on seven counts of sexual exploitation of a minor to produce child pornography.

The arrest was announced by U. S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein, Special Agent in Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); Prince George's County Police Department Chief Roberto L. Hylton; and Prince George's County State's Attorney Glenn Ivey.

According to the seven count indictment, on Feb. 4 and Feb.12, 2010, Smallwood, formerly a Prince George's County School bus driver, allegedly induced a young boy to engage in sexually explicit conduct in order to produce a video file of such conduct. In four instances, the video allegedly depicts Smallwood sexually abusing the young boy.

Smallwood faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison for producing child pornography, followed by supervised release up to life. No court appearance has been scheduled. Smallwood has been detained since his arrest on May 21, 2010.

This investigation is part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders, and child sex traffickers. Since Operation Predator was launched in July 2003, ICE agents have arrested more than 12,800 individuals.

ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.

U. S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Stacy Dawson Belf, who is prosecuting the case and commended Prince George's County Assistant State's Attorney Renee Battle Brooks who is assisting in the investigation and prosecution.