FORT SMITH -- Kenneth Elser, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced yesterday that Amelia Marie Spiotto, 32, of Fort Smith, was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison without the possibility of parole followed by a lifetime of supervised release on two counts of production of child pornography.
The sentencing hearing took place before Chief Judge P. K. Holmes, III in the United States District Court in Fort Smith.
According to the court records, in February 2016, agents with the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce, in conjunction with Department of Homeland Security, were conducting an investigation into the online trafficking of child pornography in the Fort Smith Area.
As a part of the investigation, law enforcement obtained a federal search warrant for the residence of James Spiotto. During the execution of the search warrant, law enforcement located a computer hard drive that had been thrown from a second story window. A subsequent forensic examination of the hard drive revealed numerous videos under a file entitled “for Daddy” in which Amelia Spiotto recorded herself sexually abusing a 3-month-old male and an 11-month-old female.
Law enforcement also discovered recordings of a co-defendant, James Spiotto, molesting the same 11-month old female. During a post-Miranda interview, James Spiotto admitted that Amelia Spiotto arranged to babysit a friend’s daughter, and thereafter they separately made videos of themselves sexually abusing her.
James Spiotto further admitted that Amelia Spiotto recorded herself preforming oral sex on a 3-month-old male.
During the investigation, law enforcement located numerous text messages between James and Amelia Spiotto, in which they were directing and encouraging each other to perform certain sexual acts on the minors.
“Sexual predators who prey on the most vulnerable in our society are especially heinous,” said Special Agent in Charge of the New Orleans field office Raymond R. Parmer, Jr. “HSI will continue to diligently work with our law enforcement partners to ensure the perpetrators of these horrific crimes are brought to justice.”
Amelia and James Spiotto were indicted by a federal grand jury in March of 2016. James Spiotto subsequently pleaded guilty to two counts involving sexual exploitation of minors and was sentenced to serve 60 years in federal prison without the possibility of parole.
This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Arkansas State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce. Assistant United States Attorneys Dustin Roberts and Ashleigh Buckley prosecuted the case for the United States.
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. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and their Criminal Division Child Exploitation and Obscenity Sections (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.