Disgraced R&B star Ar Kelly was convicted Wednesday on federal child pornography charges for making videos of himself abusing his 14-year-old goddaughter.
The verdict followed a month-long trial in Kelly’s hometown of Chicago, during which jurors were shown excerpts of the disturbing footage and heard testimony from the victim, now 37, identified only as “Jane.”
Jurors deliberated for about 11 hours starting Tuesday afternoon before returning with guilty verdicts on six of the 13 charges against Kelly, including three counts of child pornography. In Chicago, a conviction on just one such charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five to ten years.
It comes on top of the 30-year prison sentence the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer received in June after pleading guilty to human trafficking for sexual exploitation and racketeering in a separate federal case in Brooklyn.
Kelly, 55, is accused of videotaping himself having sex with underage girls and of rigging his 2008 trial on child pornography charges, in which he was acquitted.
On Wednesday, jurors acquitted Kelly of conspiracy charges alleging he tampered with his previous trial. Jurors also found him not guilty of three counts of conspiracy to obtain child pornography, as well as two counts of solicitation.
Co-defendant Derrell McDavid, Kelly’s former business manager, is also charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice by perjury dating back to 2008, as well as two counts of obtaining child pornography. Another co-defendant, Kelly’s associate Milton Brown, is charged with conspiracy to obtain child pornography. Both have been found not guilty of all charges, the publication reports.
During the trial, prosecutors said the “Ignition” singer was a “sexual predator” who used his fame to prey on underage girls and record the abuse on video.
“Robert Kelly abused many girls over many years”Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth told jurors. “He committed terrible crimes against children. All these years later, Kelly’s hidden side came out.”