A Michigan woman who produced child pornography videos and sent them to her husband to “turn him on” was sentenced to 30 years in prison, in what police are calling one of the worst child abuse cases they’ve ever seen.
As the Detroit Free Press reports, Anngela Boyle, 27, of White Lake Township, and her husband, Colin Boyle, both pleaded guilty in March to producing and distributing child pornography. Colin Boyle was sentenced and remanded to prison weeks ago.
Police were alerted to the couple in 2015 after a “trail of electronic evidence” suggested that Colin was accessing child pornography on the internet from his home. When authorities raided the home, they found a camera that contained pornographic videos of a 1-year-old girl. Authorities say the girl was known to the couple, although their relationship has not been made clear.
Authorities interviewed the couple, and both admitted to producing child pornography and sending it to each other over their cell phones. Anngela Boyle further admitted to engaging a 1-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy in sexually explicit activity on at least four occasions.
Further, the couple admitted to taking nude photos and videos of four children ages ranging in age from 12-months-old to 9-years-old. The relationship between the couple and their victims is not clear, as of this writing.
Lake Orion Police Chief Jerry Narsh described the case as one of the worst cases of child abuse he has ever seen.
“This type of investigation will always rock a community to its core, and the gravity of the crime and the helplessness of the victims impacts even seasoned investigators.”
In addition to federal child pornography charges, both Boyles have also been charged with criminal sexual conduct.
According to the Independent, Anngela Boyle produced the child pornography because it was the only way to arouse Colin sexually, according to an FBI agent close to the investigation.
“[Anngela] explained to law enforcement that child pornography is the only thing that sexually excited Colin Matthew Boyle.”
Colin Boyle’s attorney, Kimberly Stout, argued that her client was mentally ill and “broken,” and advocated for placement in a prison with mental health treatment. Boyle heard voices, said his attorney, and he further suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome.
Now behind bars, Colin is writing poetry; Stout describes him as a “gifted” poet, and he has admitted, through his verse, that he is sick and needs help. He is currently serving a 60-year sentence, which is effectively a life sentence because there is no parole in federal prisons. If he lives to see the end of his sentence, he will be comfortably in his late 80s at the time of his release.
[Featured Image by Oakland County Sheriff’s Office]