Singer R. Kelly found guilty of child pornography

The singer had already been sentenced to 30 years in prison in June for sex crimes.

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R. Kelly, a fallen R&B star already sentenced to 30 years in prison in June for sex crimes committed against young, sometimes adolescent women, was convicted of child pornography on Wednesday September 14 in Chicago. Robert Sylvester Kelly, 55, was convicted of production of child pornography and embezzlement of a minor.

The singer, known worldwide for his hit “I Believe I Can Fly” and his 75 million records sold, was however acquitted by a federal jury on other charges of obstruction of justice. He and two former associates – also acquitted on Wednesday – were charged with disrupting the course of his 2008 child pornography trial, in which the jury found him not guilty.

They were accused of having both threatened and corrupted a victim, who had not then testified. Now 37, she spoke this time. Excerpts from videos showing sexual violence committed by R. Kelly on young girls, one of whom was only 14 years old, were broadcast during the trial.

The 12-person jury took about 11 hours to reach this verdict, which could add a heavy prison sentence to the 30 years of imprisonment to which R. Kelly has already been sentenced. His sentence, which will be set at a later date, could range from “from ten to 90 years in prison”the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

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