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Facebook Tip Leads To 30-Year Sentence For North Texas Woman Who Sexually Exploited A Child

Jan 19, 2020 04:41PM ● By News Desk
Dallas, TX  –  A woman who videotaped as she forced a 9-year-old girl to perform sex acts on her husband was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison, Tuesday, for producing child pornography.

This investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with assistance from the Boone County (Missouri) Sheriff’s Office, the Dallas (Texas) Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Dawn Greenwood, 39, who pleaded guilty in October to the charges, was sentenced to the statutory maximum (Opinion: Should have been more).

According to court documents, Greenwood used a cell phone to videotape her husband, Shon Greenwood, and the 9-year-old child, who’d been living at the couple’s home.

The case came to light when Facebook notified the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that Mr. Greenwood had posted sexually explicit images of minors on his account. 

HSI special agents executed federal search warrants at both their Boone County, Missouri, and Balch Springs, Texas, residences, and seized the Greenwoods’ phones, and found copies of the video on both devices.

“This sentence sends a clear and loud message to individuals who commit these reprehensible crimes,” said Ryan Spradlin, special agent in charge of HSI Dallas. “When criminals post their abuse online or in other public forums, they continue to victimize innocent children who are already suffering emotionally and physically. HSI remains steadfast in our dedication to find and bring to justice perpetrators who exploit children and abuse their trust.”   
The minor victim in this case was immediately removed from the home and is being cared for by a guardian.

Mr. Greenwood pleaded guilty in December 2019 and is set to be sentenced in March 2020.