Courts sentence former daycare worker to 30 years in federal child pornography case

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Ali Al-Awadi

UPDATE:

On Aug. 2, 2017, Ali Al-Awadi entered a plea and was sentenced on Marion County charges. He’ll serve an additional three years along with 27 years he was sentenced to on federal charges.

ORIGINAL STORY:

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A former Indianapolis daycare worker learned his punishment in June 2016 after being convicted on federal child pornography charges.

Federal Judge Tanya Walton Pratt sentenced Ali Al-Awadi, 22, to 27 years in prison. He also faces 15 years of supervised release once he serves his sentence, prosecutors said.

Al-Awadi worked at Children’s Choice Learning Center at St. Vincent in Indianapolis. Investigators said he molested a 4-year-old girl while she was taking a nap and took explicit pictures of her with his cell phone in August 2014.

During Al-Awadi’s trial, the girl testified that he fondled her and hurt her. U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler said testimony from the girl and her family proved invaluable in the case.

“I want to thank and commend the victim and her family for standing up and bravely confronting this child molester on the day she was victimized and again two years later in a federal courthouse,” Minkler said in a statement. “While no sentence will bring back the innocence or relieve the pain she suffered, her brave deeds undoubtedly saved more children that would have been victimized by the defendant.

Indianapolis Metropolitan police handled the investigation, and Al-Awadi is also charged with one count of child molestation in Marion County. He faces an additional 16 years if convicted on that charge.

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