A Virginia Beach man pleaded guilty in federal court on Thursday to four counts of production of child pornography.
Michael John Baigert, 21, was indicted on September 10th on the four charges. At that time, Baigert had told a federal judge that he planned to plead not guilty.
In October 2013, Baigert was arrested for the rape of a 14-year-old girl in York County. Court documents reveal that Baigert acknowledged that he traveled from Virginia Beach to York County in August 2013 to visit the girl, whom he met on a social networking app called “KIK.” Baigert and the girl entered a wooded area near her home where Baigert committed several sexual acts on the girl.
The victim reported to the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office that she had been sexually assaulted.
After his arrest, Baigert admitted to engaging in sex acts with the girl. Further investigation revealed that there were three other victims, all under 16, with whom Baigert engaged in sexual activity.
The statement of facts says that in each instance, Baigert asked the victim if he could record their sexual activity and was told “no” each time. Baigert disputes that he asked any of the victims if he could record the activity.
Numerous homemade videos depicting young girls engaged in sexually explicit conduct were found on electronic devices recovered from Baigert’s home.
The penalty for Production of Child Pornography is a mandatory term of 15 years with a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.
Baigert will be sentenced on February 9, 2015.