News 15 September 2022

R Kelly Found Guilty On Child Pornography & Sex Abuse Charges In Second Federal Trial

15 September 2022

R&B singer R Kelly has been convicted of several child pornography and sex abuse charges in his second federal trial.

The 55-year-old – whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly – was accused in his hometown of Chicago of 13 charges which included producing child abuse images and enticing minors for sex. Kelly and former business manager, Derrel McDavid, were also accused of rigging the singer’s 2008 trial on state child porn charges by intimidating and paying off witnesses.

After a four-week case, a federal jury found Kelly guilty on three counts of child pornography and three counts of child enticement yesterday (September 14).

The jury acquitted the singer on a fourth pornography count, as well as the charge related to obstructing justice in his 2008 trial. He was found not guilty on all three counts of conspiring to receive child pornography and for two further enticement charges.

His two co-defendants were found not guilty on all charges.

It comes after Kelly was convicted of sex trafficking and racketeering in New York last September. He was sentenced to 30 years in jail earlier this year.

According to the Chicago Tribune, each child pornography conviction carries a mandatory-minimum 10-year prison sentence, meaning these new convictions could add years to his sentence.

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