Alyson Saunders, 25, worked at a Presbyterian Church School in Greensboro, NC. Alyson pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography and one count of distribution of child pornography. On April 27, 2021 Alyson was sentenced to 50 years in prison followed by 20 years of supervised release.
In January and February 2019, while employed at a church day care facility in Greensboro, Alyson admitted to using five minor victims in her care to create sexually explicit images and videos, including some in which she also engaged in hands-on sexual abuse of some of the children.
Alyson performed the sexual acts at the church.
The defendant then sent these images and videos to an online co-conspirator in Great Britain. The co-conspirator intended to post the child pornography on the internet.
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Alyson exploited her position as a caregiver to produce sexually explicit images of vulnerable young children with the purpose of providing the images to a co-conspirator.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.