BY ANDY KRAVETZ AND KAREN McDONALD
Peoria, Illinois Journal Star
PEORIA - A 21-year-old Minonk woman faces federal charges after being
arrested for allegedly showing live video on the Internet of her
fondling a naked 16-month-old boy that she was baby-sitting.
Taylor A. March of 719 Oak St. was arrested Monday evening at her
home, hours after she allegedly posted the video in a Yahoo! chatroom,
"Preteen Sex on Camera."
March had been baby-sitting six other children -- all of whom were
girls. The children ranged in age from 16 months old up to 8 years
old. When she was arrested, only the 16-month-old child was at her
home. The other children were not present when the alleged crime
occurred, said Woodford County sheriff's Detective Terry Glaub.
The Sheriff's Department and State's Attorney's Office plan to conduct
interviews with those children to determine whether any other crimes
occurred. The State's Attorney's Office also is reviewing the case for
possible local charges, officials said.
"It wasn't long and drawn out. It's nice to get a perpetrator like
that off the streets," Woodford County Chief Deputy Darren Evans said.
March faces a single charge of "knowing use (sic) a minor to engage in
sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual
depictions of such conduct."
U.S. District Judge Joe B. McDade ordered her held in custody of the
U.S. Marshals pending a bond hearing Thursday morning.
If convicted, March faces up to 15 years in prison.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Keith said authorities are examining
According to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday in U.S. District
Court, March had logged into the chatroom and began chatting about
having sex with children.
At some point, she aimed a Web camera toward her so the others in the
room could see her.
The complaint alleges March began to change the child's diapers in
view of the camera. She then allegedly touched and masturbated the
child as the Web camera sent live video to other chatroom members, the
March had been caring for the boy since late last year.
She does not have any children of her own and is not related to any of
the children she baby-sat, Glaub said.
"Our concern was to expedite this case to ensure the child wasn't in
harm's way," Glaub said.
An undercover Naperville police officer captured the Internet video
and informed authorities here, the complaint states.
Copyright 2005 Peoria Journal-Star
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[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: Do you recall an old saying from years
ago when movie/show people talked about 'sort of racy', x-rated movies
and one of their citerion was always "Will it play in Peoria?" Well
this 'movie' not only played in Peoria but was created in Peoria. And
when someone asks why is this sort of malicious behavor allowed on the
internet, _someone_ always hastens to tell us that 'there is no
consensus on the net for what is malicious.' And if we wish to listen
to them rattling on and on, they will tell us how this is an anarchy,
how the internet does not really exist, that it is only a collection
of sites and how we dasn't interfere with a private site and whatever
trash and scams they send out. And of course they insist that 'no one
is in charge of anything' and further ...'that is the way that
everyone wants it to be.' The hell they say!
I say this: if ICANN is going to throw their weight around and purport
to be the people in charge (which effectively they do with their
lop-sided contracts that _everyone_ has to sign, then Vint Cerf and Esther
Dyson and their gang should come back off of vacation in Argentina (or
wherever they are this week) and write up new and meaningful contracts
which everyone has to sign (ICANN has had no trouble making that
happen up to now and I am _certain_ they can phase it in; but that's
the catch, the joke is on you, me and other netters. Vint Cerf cont-
tributed more to the advancing Internet Slum than anyone else out
there. And I guess they are not going to back down, but neither am I.
So you little precious ones who get so offended when you are told what
a mess this net has gotten to be, and that many of you were and are
responsible for it, write yourself a Perl script (or use the one I put
here the other day for what's-his-name) and just begin skipping over
the Editor Notes. PAT]