Jury in Philly weighs "horrific" child-porn case

September 16, 2008 1:48:39 PM PDT
A federal jury is deciding dozens of child-pornography charges filed against a suburban Philadelphia man in what both sides call a horrific case. Prosecutors say the children were sexually assaulted and videotaped for years at a baby sitter's home by the sitter's friend, 41-year-old defendant John Jackey Worman.

In closings Tuesday, they said Worman assaulted 12 children over nearly a decade, and had hundreds of thousands of pornographic images.

Defense lawyer Mark Cedrone says that jurors may hate Worman, but should not convict him unless the government proved the crimes charged.

Worman, of Colwyn, is on trial with friend Dorothy Prawdzik of Drexel Hill, while baby sitter Concetta Jackson of Collingdale pleaded guilty.

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