Lesley Henry, a 47-year-old woman from St. Mary’s, Camden County, Georgia, has been sentenced to 35 years in federal prison on child pornography charges. The sentencing was announced by Jill Steinberg, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. Henry pleaded guilty to two counts of production of child pornography.
U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood ordered Henry to register as a sex offender and serve 15 years of supervised release after her prison term. It is important to note that there is no parole in the federal system.
A hearing has been scheduled for October 24 to determine restitution in the case. Henry’s co-defendant, Michael Kersey, also from St. Mary’s, awaits sentencing on similar charges. Kersey pleaded guilty to conspiracy to engage in sexual exploitation of children, three counts of sexual exploitation of children, and possession of child pornography. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years.
According to Steinberg’s office, FBI agents discovered Kersey in possession of multiple images depicting the sexual exploitation of a child. These images were found through an online messaging group where members shared images and videos of child sexual abuse. The FBI investigation also revealed that Henry produced sexually explicit images and sent them to Kersey.
Steinberg expressed the gravity of the situation, stating, “Lesley Henry and her co-defendant sentenced a child to a lifetime of devastating trauma with their horrific actions. This prosecution will not heal that trauma, but it will protect the community from Henry for decades.”
Individuals with information on suspected child sexual exploitation can contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at [contact information].