A 65-year-old Meriden, Connecticut man who federal officials said set up cameras around his house to record explicit video of teenage boys who he invited over for slumber parties that turned sexual has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Mark W. Irvin has been detained since Sept. 18, 2015 and pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography on Aug. 31, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Federal officials said Irvin engaged in sexual acts with two boys under the age of 18 from 2012 to August 2015 and recorded the sexual activity.
Cameras placed throughout Irvin's house on Glen Hills Road – including in the bathroom – were constantly recording, according to prosecutors.
According to residents, Irvin handed out fliers inviting neighborhood teens to spend weekends at his house and play games that involved covering them with shaving cream and chocolate pudding.
Irvin provided the teens with alcohol, showed them pornographic movies, gave them sex dolls and touched them inappropriately, according to the warrant for his arrest. He also allegedly encouraged the boys to touch each other in sexual ways.
The neighbor who alerted police said one night she saw Irvin huddled in a backyard tent with a group of young people who were laughing and joking.
Police searched Irvin's home, seizing camcorders, computers, VHS tapes, CDs, DVDs, thumb drives and storage devices and the U.S. attorney's office said at least one contained naked photos of a 13-year-old boy.
Federal prosecutors said another teen told police Irvin "had had repeated sexual contact with him since he was 15 years old," and had watched Irvin engage in sexual activity with other boys.
Irvin was sentenced to 15 years in prison, followed by 15 years of supervised release.
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