Couple Indicted For Sexually Abusing Two Children And Creating Child Porn

.jpg photo of arrest of couple wanted for child sex abuseVicksburg pair indicted on child abuse, porn charges

GRAND RAPIDS, MI  –  A couple whose home was raided by the FBI last week in Vicksburg are accused of sexually abusing two children and creating child porn.

Virgil Chandler Knowles III and Samantha Jean Batts have each been charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a child.  Knowles has also been charged with one count of distribution of child pornography.

Batts was in federal court Tuesday.  Knowles’ hearing was rescheduled.

The charges stem from a complaint filed in federal court that alleged 47-year-old Knowles and 35-year-old Batts sexually abused two family members, neither older than 10.

Knowles used to be a custodian and maintenance employee at Vicksburg Community Schools, but had not worked there since 2018, a release from the district said.

Vicksburg couple arrested for child sexual abuse

Undercover FBI agents discovered Knowles in a private online chat room, where he admitted he abused the children.  He also told undercover agents that Batts said she wanted to get “something” to make one of the victims sleep, the complaint says.  It says Knowles shared several explicit photos with the agent, some featuring Batts.

FBI was able to locate the couple using Snapchat data and geolocation. Agents raided two homes in Vicksburg on Thursday, leading to the arrests of Knowles and Batts.

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