LAST EDITED ON Feb-17-04 AT 11:35 PM (EST)
Matthew De Gennaro is facing a mandatory minimum of 70 months in prison if convicted. The guy met the girl when he went to her high school as part of a presentation on 9/11. Later, sexually explicit photos of Degennaro and the girl were found by her parents. The photos were taken in a motel room. The girl's parents turned De Gennaro in to the police for sexual abuse of their daughter.
Imo, this COP deserves jail. The girl was a victim, she just doesn't realize it yet. If the COP had any respect for this young girl there would be no pornograpy involved. He knew it was against the law. It is called child pornography.
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The couple met in March 2002, when De Gennaro visited Oregon to speak to high school students about his experiences after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. He and Nicole struck up a friendship, and he came back to visit her.
They allegedly spent time together in a Linn County hotel room in August 2002, where they took sexually explicit photos. Nicole was 17 at the time.
When her father and stepmother found the photos, they turned them over to authorities. De Gennaro was arrested Sept. 8, 2003, in New York, and charged with the crimes in Linn County Circuit Court.
Nicole flew to New York in July and married De Gennaro two days after his mother paid his bail. He has pleaded innocent to the charges, and his lawyer, David A. Hill of Eugene, claims that De Gennaro did not know how old she was when he took the photos.
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