Recording artist Robert Kelly found guilty of federal child pornography and exploitation charges | USAO-NDIL

CHICAGO — A federal jury in Chicago today convicted recording artist ROBERT SYLVESTER KELLY, also known as “R. Kelly,” of child pornography and exploitation.

Evidence during the four-week trial in US District Court in Chicago revealed that Kelly enticed several girls to engage in sexual activity and videotaped some of the abuse. Kelly met the victims in the late 1990s and engaged in sexual acts with them when they were under eighteen.

Kelly, 55, of Chicago, was found guilty of three counts of producing child pornography and three counts of enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity. Each count of producing child pornography carries a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years in federal prison and a maximum of 20 years. The maximum penalty for each count of enticing a minor is ten years. In all, Kelly faces a sentence of ten to 90 years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Harry D. Leinenweber did not immediately set a sentencing date.

The sentencing was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; R. Sean Fitzgerald, acting Special Agent for Homeland Security Investigations in Chicago; and Justin Campbell, Special Agent in Charge of the IRS Criminal Investigations Division in Chicago. Substantial assistance was provided by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Chicago Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeannice W. Appenteng, Elizabeth R. Pozolo, Jason A. Julien, and Brian F. Williamson represented the government.

The jury acquitted Kelly on seven other counts, including one count of child pornography, one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, one count of conspiracy to receive child pornography, two counts of receiving child pornography and two counts of enticing a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity. The jury also acquitted two co-defendants, who were former employees of Kelly’s music business: DERREL MCDAVID, 61, of Chicago (acquitted of one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, one count conspiracy to receive child pornography and two counts of receiving child pornography) and MILTON BROWN, also known as “June Brown”, 56, of Chicago (acquitted of one count of conspiracy to receive child pornography).

“The guilty verdicts finally hold Robert Kelly accountable for the sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl, and they help right the wrongs that occurred in a previous lawsuit in Cook County,” said US Attorney Lausch. “The damage that Mr. Kelly has inflicted on his victims is immeasurable. I would like to thank the victims for their strength, perseverance and courage in coming to testify at trial. With respect to the not guilty verdicts, we respect the jury’s decision. While certain aspects of the charges and the trial made it difficult to secure convictions for all of the acts charged, it is clear that justice has been served by the guilty verdicts released today.