Devlin indicted on federal charges
St. Louis, MO. – A federal grand jury has indicted Michael Devlin on charges that he took
pornographic pictures and videos of one of the victims.
The indictment marks the first federal charges against the man accused of kidnapping Ben Ownby and Shawn Hornbeck.
Both boys were found in Devlin's apartment on January 12, four days after Ben was kidnapped and four and a-half years after Shawn was taken.
U-S Attorney Catherine Hanaway says the six-count federal indictment alleges that Devlin photographed and videotaped a minor engaged in sexually explicit acts between 2002 and this year.
Two other counts allege he took the minor to Illinois and Arizona with the intent to engage in sexual assault.
Besides the federal charges, Devlin faces a combined 75 state
charges in St. Louis, Washington and Franklin counties.
He has pleaded not guilty to all those charges.