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43-Year-Old Grandmother Erika Susan Perdue Gets 14 Years For Child Porn Distribution

| by Allison Geller

Erika Susan Perdue, a 43-year-old Texas grandmother, was sentenced Monday to 14 years in federal prison for secretly transporting and shipping child pornography for more than a dozen years. The distribution was often accompanied by meth abuse, according to court records.

The Dallas Morning News reports that the University Park woman who liked to post sexy photos on her online profiles and drove a car with a vanity plate reading “MY SYN,” took meth on a “daily basis” while she downloaded and sent out child porn, according to her defense lawyer,

Perdue’s sentence was reduced from 20 years due to “severe mental health problems,” according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Camille E. Sparks.

After her prison term, Perdue will serve eight years of probation and register as a sex offender for life. She will also have to pay fines as restitution to some of the victims whose photos she relayed to other users.

“I lost two granddaughters to this,” said Perdue, who described herself as “very remorseful” and sobbed during her trial.

There is no evidence that Perdue abused her relatives, according to the investigation. Michael Dunn, a special agent for cybercrimes and crimes against children with Homeland Security investigations in Dallas, said women make up a “very small percentage” of child pornography cases, but in repeated cases use their own children to make porn.

Perdue has a troubled past, having gotten pregnant at 16, married at 17, and divorced twice by 26. She has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder since being arrested in April 2012 but was kicked out of treatment due to her “threatening behavior.” Despite knowing that she had emotional problems, her mother and a longtime friend were completely unprepared for the news of Perdue’s fixation.

Perdue unwittingly shared child pornography with an undercover agent, leading to her arrest. She has been married to Mark Perdue, an intellectual property lawyer, since 2009.

Sources: Dallas Morning News