Carrollton woman sentenced to 15 years after pleading guilty to multiple child porn charges

Isle of Wight

ISLE OF WIGHT, Va. (WAVY) — A Carrollton woman will serve 15 years behind bars, after she pleaded guilty to child pornography charges.

During her court hearing on Wednesday, June 2, Michelle Putnam pleaded guilty to multiple child porn charges. She was sentenced to 35 years with 20 years suspended, which means she will serve 15 years.

Putnam was initially facing 14 charges for production and distribution of child pornography after deputies discovered the photos while investigating a potential relationship between Putnam and her boyfriend Gregory Wacks — a Carrollton man who was arrested on child pornography charges.

Investigators raided Putnam’s Carrollton apartment and found dozens of photos of naked women unaware they were in front of a camera while being spray tanned. The photos were allegedly shared on several websites.

Isle of Wight Lt. Tommy Potter said one of the victims who was positively identified was a juvenile at the time.

The Christian County Sheriff’s Office in Hopkinsville, Kentucky arrested Putnam in July 2019.

In March of 2021, Wacks was sentenced to 120 years in prison on child pornography charges, with 100 years suspended.

Upon his release, he will be on supervised probation for 20 years and good behavior for 35 years. He will also need to register as a sex offender.

** Correction: This article initially, incorrectly, stated that Putnam would serve five years on the charges.

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