Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen M. Schenning announced Friday a Maryland man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for production of child pornography.
Fifty-two-year-old Russell Todd O’Bannon of Dundalk previously admitted to communicating with several female and male minors between 2013 and 2016 through the Internet. O’Bannon induced, enticed and persuaded the victims to engage in sexually explicit conduct, take pictures and send them to him. The victims complied with the instruction, sending the images through Facebook, according to court documents.
O’Bannon victimized 17 minors in both foreign countries and the United States. He utilized the alias “Martin Anderson” and sent the victims images of young men, claiming that they were of him. He also instructed the victims to engage in masturbation.
The defendant told female victims that he had intentions of having unprotected sex with them, so they would get pregnant. Several of the minors lived in group homes and were in foster care. Two of the victims told O’Bannon that they have been raped. He responded by asking them to describe their experience.