Brockton man pleads guilty to producing child abuse material

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BROCKTON — A Brockton man admitted in federal court yesterday to coercing three minors into producing child sexual abuse material.

Zaire Aquil Lodge, 46, entered a guilty plea to three counts of sexual exploitation of children and one count of receipt of child pornography before U.S.

District Court Judge Richard G.

Stearns, who set the sentencing for April 24, 2024.

Lodge was initially indicted by a federal grand jury in January.

The indictment detailed that Lodge, on various occasions throughout 2021, employed, used, persuaded, induced, and coerced three minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct to produce child sexual abuse material.

Additionally, Lodge was charged with knowingly receiving and attempting to receive such material between February and October 2021.

The sexual exploitation charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and could result in up to 30 years in prison, five years to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.

The charge of receipt of child pornography carries a minimum sentence of five years, with a maximum of 20 years in prison, a supervised release for five years to a lifetime, and a fine of up to $250,000.

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