Woman pleads not guilty to child porn

Published 10:35am Friday, April 18, 2014

By Trey Mewes, Austin Daily Herald

AUSTIN — An Austin woman pleaded not guilty in Mower County District Court Thursday to charges that she helped produce child pornography.

Deborah Edge
Deborah Edge

Deborah Edge, 36, faces four counts of using a minor in a sexual performance or pornographic work. Last week, Deborah’s husband, Anthony, pleaded not guilty to one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of using a minor in a sexual performance or pornographic work.

Authorities raided the Edge home in late March after being tipped off by The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about child pornography on the chat website Omegle.

Later, state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agents found a different video of Deborah talking with a naked elementary-aged child in a bathroom, according to court documents.

Anthony Edge
Anthony Edge

Authorities found another image of Deborah naked from the waist down and holding a pornographic image of an infant.

Deborah admitted to being in both the video and the photo, according to the complaint. She also told police she knew Anthony was sending the video to someone else but denied knowing she held a pornographic image of an infant in the photo. She said Anthony had her put on a blindfold when he took the photo.

Anthony was charged after Omegle tracked a Feb. 22 video chat and captured 26 images of an elementary age girl performing sexual acts with an adult male, according to a court complaint.

Authorities tracked the video’s IP address to the Edge home in Austin.

Police found two computers at the Edge house and a web camera authorities believe was used to produce the video. Officers also found metal blinds in Anthony’s room, similar to those shown in the video.

According to the complaint, police also found recordings of a teenage girl showering. Officers found pinhole cameras inside the house and interviewed a victim, who was unaware she had been recorded.

Anthony previously registered as a sex offender after he was convicted in 2006 of possessing nude pictures of minors. He was originally charged in 2004 after police found about 2,300 images of child pornography on a computer he left behind at a former residence.

Deborah’s next court appearance is Aug. 15. Anthony’s next court appearance is on June 27. The Edges will also fight to keep their parental rights to their four children at a hearing next month.