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Tampa man gets 30 years after making child porn of past victim's daughters

TAMPA — A Tampa man who created pornographic photos of two young girls was sentenced to 30 years in prison Tuesday.

Michael Edward Kelley, 59, pleaded guilty to charges of possession of child pornography and two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child.

The girls, ages 7 and 10, are the children of a woman Kelley molested as a girl in 1993, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

The mother had been unaware that Kelley abused them, said prosecutor Rita Peters.

Peters considers Kelley's sentencing a success, especially because it means the children won't have to testify at a trial.

"We did not want to traumatize these victims," she said. "We realized there was a lot of psychological trauma they've endured."

Kelley was arrested in January 2010 as part of a sweep targeted at arresting Hillsborough residents with child pornography on their computers.

Kelley was one of 29 men arrested in the operation.

Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at (813) 226-3433 or jvandervelde@sptimes.com.

Tampa man gets 30 years after making child porn of past victim's daughters 02/23/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 10:14pm]
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