Producing child porn with serial child molester lands Battle Creek woman in prison

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A Battle Creek woman has been sentenced to federal prison for producing pornography involving a child younger than 12 years old.

Lori Ann Roth, 53, was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison for sexual exploitation of a child, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court. Roth was also ordered to pay a $25,000 fine and will spend 10 years on supervised release following the prison term.

Roth pleaded guilty in November 2014 to sexually exploiting a child in a conspiracy with Brandon Schroth, 41, a serial child molester who traveled around the world abusing and photographing children between 2009 and 2011, court documents show.

According to a document filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Roth met Schroth in an online chatroom in 2006 or 2007. Roth chatted with Schroth regularly about their shared interest in sexual activity with children, prosecutors say.

After a few years of online chatting, Schroth traveled to Michigan three times in 2009 and 2010 to meet Roth and molest a child together. Both Schroth and Roth brought adult sexual clothing for the child to wear and took sexually explicit photos of the child, the prosecution alleges.

They also gave the child alcohol and put a prescription sleep pill in the child’s drink during one of Schroth’s visits.

Schroth sent the child pornography to others and it was eventually discovered on a computer during a separate investigation in Atlanta, which led detectives to Schroth, according to federal prosecutors.

In 2012, Schroth pleaded guilty in California to 12 counts of producing child pornography and aggravated sexual abuse of children.

In pleading guilty, Schroth gave information to law enforcement about Roth’s involvement. When federal investigators showed up at Roth’s house in 2014, she denied anything sexual occurred with a child, court documents show. She initially blamed the child for fabricating sexual allegations against her, according to the documents.

Prosecutors supported a harsh sentence.

“What is distributed within a global network of pedophiles and child pornography collectors can never be taken back. The internet gives these images a life of their own. The betrayal, degradation and abuse of the child is deep and likely will largely define the rest of the child’s life,” U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles said in court documents.

In imposing his sentence, U.S. District Court Judge Paul Maloney said in his more than 20 years on the bench he had difficulty finding “another instance of depravity lower than this one.” He described Roth’s actions as heinous and said she “does not deserve to be among free citizens again.”

The case was part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse.

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