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R Kelly found guilty of Child Pornography, Sexual Assault

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R&B singer R Kelly was convicted by a federal jury in Chicago on Wednesday of child pornography and sexual assault on underage girls after a monthlong trial in his hometown.

The prosecutors won conviction on six out of 13 accusations against Kelly, together with charges of sexual exploitation of a minor, receipt of child pornography, enticement of a minor to engage in unlawful sexual conduct, conspiring to impede justice and conspiring to receive child pornography.

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The 55-year-old Kelly was convicted of seven other charges but he was found guilty of three counts of child pornography and three counts of soliciting minors for sex. Each conviction of child porn carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, while each count of enticement brings a maximum sentence of 10 years.

The key witness in the prosecution’s case, who went by the pseudonym Jane in court, claimed to be the subject of a 26-minute videotape that was purportedly provided anonymously to the Chicago Sun-Times in 2002 that revealed Kelly being engaging in sexual conduct with a minor.

Kelly, real name, Robert Sylvester Kelly was on trial with two other people: Milton “June” Brown, a co-defendant, and Derrel McDavid, a former company manager. Kelly, McDavid, his former business manager and Brown were cleared by the jury of a charge of conspiring to obstruct justice that accused them of manipulating his 2008 child pornography trial in Cook County by destroying incriminating sex tapes, threatening and bribing Jane and her parents, and covering up his abuse of Jane.

Both McDavid and Brown were found not guilty of all allegations.

Several of Kelly’s alleged victims testified during the five-week trial, all of whom said that they were minors when Kelly started sexually assaulting them.

According to witnesses, Robert Sylvester Kelly was determined to retrieve the pornographic tapes he had created and carried around in a gym bag. They claimed that he, aware that the missing tapes would put him in legal danger, offered up to $1 million to recover them before his 2008 trial. According to the prosecution, there was a plot to conceal his abuse between 2000 and 2020.

After deliberating for 11 hours over two days, the jury in the US District Court in Chicago reached a judgement.

According to Chicago-based U.S. Attorney John Lausch, Kelly could face at least 10 years and as much as 90 years in prison if the penalties for all six guilty counts are added together.

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