BRADENTON -- A Bradenton woman has been indicted on charges of producing and transporting child pornography, according to federal prosecutors.
In a press release issued Thursday, U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley III announced the grand jury indictment charging 35-year-old Renee Gregg.
If convicted, she faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and up to 30 years in federal prison for the production charge. For the transportation charge, she faces a mandatory minimum of five years up to a maximum 20 years imprisonment.
According to the indictment and criminal complaint, Gregg produced an image in which she sexually abused a female toddler back in August 2011. Gregg then texted the image to an individual in Queens, N.Y. Both discussed having sexual contact with children, according to a report.
The case, which was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations and the New York Police Department, will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Peresie.
Gregg's case is brought as part of a nationwide initiative called Project Safe Childhood. Established in May 2006 by the U.S. Department of Justice, the initiative aims to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.
Gregg has at least one child from a previous marriage. On June 23, her ex-husband filed a motion with the Manatee County Court to request an emergency hearing.
Gregg is being held in the Pinellas County jail awaiting trial, according to the sheriff's office website.
Amaris Castillo, Law Enforcement/Island Reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7051. You can follow her on Twitter@JDeLeon1012.