Shawn Ryan Budovic
Photo: Bartow County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Bartow County Sheriff's Office

Man pleads guilty to manipulating teen fiancée into producing child porn

A Cartersville man pleaded guilty in federal court to the production of child pornography after he manipulated his teenage fiancée into exchanging sexually explicit images online of her 3-year-old and 9-year-old sisters.

Shawn Ryan Budovic, 27, is facing a sentence of 25 years in prison.

“Budovic operated as an online predator who targeted very young children for sexual exploitation,” U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak said. “His conduct is especially egregious because he preyed upon a group of siblings, potentially causing irreparable harm to the victims individually and to the family collectively.”

Through the messaging app Kik, Budovic met his former girlfriend Kayla White, a 17-year-old who lives in Trenton, Mich. 

According to Pak and other information presented in court, Budovic discussed his sexual interest in young children with his girlfriend. He then sent her images of child porn and requested sexually explicit photographs of her siblings.

His sentencing is scheduled for July 13. 

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