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Madame 'Butterfly' Indicted: Valley Woman Faces Federal Kiddie Porn Charges

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The Los Angeles woman identified and arrested in January as one of a pair of suspects sought on child pornography allegations stemming from activities that took place over a decade ago is now on the hook for federal charges, as a four-count indictment has been handed down against her by the grand jury.Letha Montemayor Tucker, who goes by the nickname "Butterfly," was one of two people sought by federal authorities and is thought to be a perpetrator behind a set of widely circulated child pornography images that were taken 11 years ago in the San Fernando Valley. The pictures show an adult man, "John Doe" and a woman, now believed to be Tucker, sexually molesting a girl whom investigators have now confirmed was between 11 and 13 at the time the images were taken, according to the Department of Justice.

After authorities released details about the case and a photo of the suspects, tips from the public came in that helped identify Tucker and led to her arrest.

The indictment just handed down accuses Tucker of conspiracy to produce child pornography, production of child pornography, conspiracy to engage in child sex trafficking, and sex trafficking of children.

Outlined in the indictment are details of Tucker's activities in 2000 and 2001, when she allegedly worked as a prostitute, and lived in a residential hotel with the victim, who was between the ages of 11 and 13 during the time she spent with Tucker. Tucker allegedly "provided the victim with crack cocaine and, on multiple occasions, directed the child to engage in sexual acts with Tucker’s male clients." The man known as "John Doe" was brought to the victim by Tucker, the indictment alleges, and the victim was made to engage in sex acts with him and Tucker, which were documented in photos.

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"John Doe" has yet to be identified. Authorities say at the time the photos were taken, he appears to be a 40- to 50-year-old white male, and would now be approximately 11 years older.

The victim is now safe, and is cooperating with the investigation.

If she is convicted of all four charges in the indictment, Tucker would face a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years and could be sentenced to as much as life in federal prison.