U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar sentenced John Andrew Blaes, 49, from Parkville, Tuesday to 27 years in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for conspiracy to produce child pornography and transporting a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct. Upon his release, Blaes must register as a sex offender with officials.
According to the plea agreement, at some time prior to March 2010, Blaes and co-conspirator Margaret Jones, 37, also from Parkville, met online and became involved in a sexual relationship. Blaes used the Internet to recruit other women and girls into a bondage and sadistic sexual lifestyle.
On July 5, 2011, Blaes solicited a 15 year old girl to have sex with him and Jones. Blaes and Jones were aware that the girl was a minor. Blaes and Jones sent pornographic pictures of themselves to the 15 year old through the internet.
On July 22, 2011, Blaes and Jones traveled to the victim's home in North Carolina to bring her to live with them in Parkville. After picking the victim up in North Carolina, Blaes and Jones sexually abused her in the back of their vehicle, including using bondage with ropes, chains and clamps. The next day, Blaes and Jones rented a hotel room in North Carolina to have sex with the victim. Blaes and Jones used a camera to document the sexual abuse of the victim in the van and the hotel. The images include sadistic and masochistic acts.
From July 22 to November 20, 2011, Blaes and Jones engaged in sex acts with the victim multiple times a week. Blaes also cut the victim and held lemons to her injuries. Blaes and Jones instructed the victim to keep the sexual conduct and her age a secret. The victim was kept in their residence and was not enrolled in school.
Blaes and the co-conspirator used a camera and cell phones to photograph the victim in sexually explicit poses. Blaes distributed the sexually explicit images online to recruit other individuals.
Margaret Ellen Jones pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce child pornography and is scheduled to be sentenced on June 11, 2013.