Deborah Edge Pleads Not Guilty

Updated: 04/17/2014 12:22 PM
Created: 04/17/2014 12:11 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Last week ABC 6 told you an Austin man and his wife were working together to create and distribute child pornography online.

Last week, 34-year-old Anthony Edge was charged after police say he raped a child and posted explicit videos involving children online.  A few days later, police charged 36-year-old Deborah Edge with four counts of using minors in a pornographic work.

Both have now plead not guilty.

Police say in examining one of the computers they took from the couple's home, they found a video of Deborah Edge and a naked six-year-old girl in a bathroom.

Authorities say the video shows Deborah Edge deliberately exposing the girl's body and giving her a sign with some kind of web address written on it.

Edge told police she made the video for her husband, but admitted sending it to someone else.

Police arrested Anthony Edge after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children found explicit videos online and tracked them back to the couple’s home.

There they said they found video recording equipment they believe Anthony Edge used to secretly film a 15-year-old girl in the shower.

Experts said watch groups like the NCMEC are important because often cases involve abusers you'd least expect, operating behind closed doors.

“We teach children, always, about stranger danger,” said Tori Miller, director of the Crime Victims Resource Center in Austin. “But children that are sexually abused, 75 percent of the time it’s by somebody that they know and somebody that’s very close to them."

Anthony Edge is a registered sex offender, convicted of possessing nude pictures of minors back in 2006, leading many to wonder why he was allowed to be around children.

Minnesota does not have a statute barring registered sex offenders from being around children, although it is frequently part of their conditions for release.

Anthony's next court appearance is scheduled for June 27th, Deborah's on August 15th.

The pair is also fighting for custody of their children.  The next Children in need of protection, or CHIPS, hearing is May 21st.