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Wife sentenced in child porn case, husband previously got 50 years

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A Salem woman will spend half as long in a federal prison as her husband, after they were both convicted of producing child pornography videos in their home.

Michael Freeman pleaded guilty in August to charges of production of child pornography. He was sentenced to 50 years in Prison on Dec. 4.

His wife, Michelle Freeman, who also pleaded guilty to the same charges, was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years behind bars.

The pair were arrested in September 2012 after a nationwide search for a "Jane Doe" child pornography suspect.

Officials said the news coverage and the sharing of the suspect photos on Facebook led an acquaintance to identify 40-year-old Michelle Freeman as the Jane Doe.

The husband and wife then surrendered to Salem police after learning she had been recognized.

The Freemans produced child porn videos featuring themselves engaging in sexual contact with two children under the age of 10 who were known to them.

The videos were first found by Homeland Security investigators in June 2011 in a separate investigation. Months later, FBI special agents in Denver, also conducting an unrelated investigation, found more photos showing the same children with the Freemans, police said.

Court documents said the Freemans made the videos in the bedroom of their Salem home and traded the images online for other child pornography pictures and videos.

The special agent investigating the case said Michael Freeman told him he was in a "bad place" and admitted to taking nude photos and videos of a 9-year-old girl performing sex acts, according to the criminal complaint filed in the case.

The documents also say he stated, "I started it. Somehow she (Michelle Freeman) got involved."

Michelle Freeman was also sentenced to lifetime post-prison supervision once she's released.

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