A Midland woman is facing federal charges for allegedly generating child pornography at her boyfriend’s request.

During an investigation into child exploitation, an FBI special agent obtained lewd photographs of a female child born in 2010, the agent claimed in an affidavit filed in court files. The agent felt Megan E. Troutman had generated the images, he stated.

Troutman

On Sept. 7, the agent interviewed the 30-year-old Troutman. During the interview, Troutman admitted to taking the explicit images “for the sexual gratification of her then-boyfriend,” the agent wrote.

Troutman said the child was 9 at the time she shot the images. She said her then-boyfriend asked her to email her such photographs on multiple times, the affidavit said.

The affidavit does not disclose how Troutman obtained access to the girl. Which is a concerning question, that has not yet been answered.

The images depicted the child in “various stages of undress,” with her privates exposed in several of them, the document alleges. The agent showed Troutman seven such images, one of which had Troutman’s own arm in it. Troutman said she took at least one of the images in her Midland living room in the fall of 2019.

Troutman told the agent she refused to send nude photos of the child to her lover through the internet but would send him clothed images via Snapchat. She did enable the boyfriend access to her cellphone and to snap images of her phone with his own phone, the agent wrote. It is always beyond amazing that there are people who are think that is okay.

Throughout the affidavit, the then-boyfriend is referred to as “Individual A,” except for one point where a surname is mentioned. A guy with the same last name was indicted by a federal grand jury on Feb. 3 on a charge of possession of child porn.

Troutman’s Investigation

According to court paperwork in that man’s case, police enforcement began investigating when Snapchat in December 2019 provided a report to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children alleging one of its users had uploaded suspected child porn in October 2019. Police in August 2020 performed two search warrants on properties in Auburn and Midland and confiscated various electronic devices in the process. One Toshiba hard drive confiscated from a location where the man was staying with his girlfriend had 74 images of child porn.

Troutman

The individual was already a registered sex offender arising from a 2000 conviction of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person between the ages of 13 and 15 out of Midland County.

Contacted by MLive, personnel at the U.S. Attorney’s Office stated they could neither confirm nor refute that the guy indicted on Feb. 3 is the boyfriend in Troutman’s case. They could not tell why they could not clarify the problem.

A defense counsel for the male defendant likewise declined to confirm on the record that his client is or was Troutman’s boyfriend.

Troutman

Troutman on Sept. 8 had her initial appearance before U.S. District Magistrate Judge Patricia T. Morris in the federal courtroom in downtown Bay City. She is charged with single counts of exploitation of children and distribution of child pornography. The former is penalized by 15 to 30 years in prison, whereas the latter is punishable by five to 20 years in prison.

Troutman was sentenced to 180 months in prison on April 15.

The court requires Troutman to cooperate with DNA collection by a probation officer, and register as a sex offender. Troutman also has to pay $5,100 of criminal monetary penalties and forfeit her Samsung Galaxy phone.

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