Perry County couple gets prison for producing child pornography


A Perry County couple will serve prison time for sexually exploiting children.

Betty Jo Eckenberger, 33, of Newport, was sentenced Wednesday in federal court to 17 years in prison followed by 15 years of supervised release.

Her husband, 43-year-old James Eckenberger, was sentenced to 30 years in prison followed by 15 years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney David Freed’s office said the Eckenbergers sexually assaulted children between 2008 and 2011 and took photographs of the assaults.

The couple was indicted last year on production of child pornography charges.

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