Man convicted of filming infant sexual abuse

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A man convicted of filming an infant being sexually abused will likely spend life in prison when he is sentenced next month.

Richard Smith was convicted on all counts against him in Kanawha County Circuit court Wednesday, including 11 counts of first-degree sexual abuse, four counts of first-degree sexual assault and five counts of sexual abuse by a parent or guardian, news outlets reported. He faces 205 to 775 years in prison at a March sentencing hearing.

Smith and his ex-girlfriend, Roseanna Thompson, were arrested in May 2018 and accused of recording Thompson’s granddaughter being abused three years prior, state police said at the time. The arrests came after troopers were tipped off that Smith had child pornography at his home.

Thompson is set to go to trial in March.

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