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SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Shelby Ortiz, age 30, of Maryland, New York pled guilty today to distribution of child pornography.
During the change of plea hearing today, Ortiz admitted that she subjected an approximately seven-month-old boy to mouth to penis contact, knowing that the sex act she was performing was being video recorded. She admitted further that, on the same day she performed the sex act, she knowingly distributed the video to a person then living in Florida with whom she was participating in an online and telephone dominant/submissive sexual relationship.
If the plea agreement is accepted by the district court, at sentencing on February 21, 2023, Ortiz faces a term of imprisonment of between 10 and 20 years, a term of post imprisonment supervised release of between five years and life, a fine of up to $250,000, restitution to the victim, and will be required to register as a sex offender.
This case is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Oneonta Police Department, led by Police Chief Christopher Witzenburg, and the New York State Police and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. Gadarian as part of Project Safe Childhood.