A former beauty queen, Mrs. Orange County, is suspected of sharing explicit images of a 4 year old family member with a Southern California Marine. 25 year old Meaghan Breanna Alt was charged on Friday with possessing pornography and committing lewd acts on a child.
Alt appeared for a brief hearing on Friday afternoon in a courtroom at the Orange County Jail complex in Santa Ana; however she did not enter a plea on her charges. If found guilty she could face up to 14 years in state prison.
Alt showed no signs of emotion during her short time in the courtroom, she was seemingly calm and answered the judge clearly with a “yes” when asked if she understood the charges.
Prosecutors charged Alt, who is a mother and an Irvine resident, with one felony count of possessing child pornography, three felony counts of committing a lewd act on a child younger than 14, and a possible sentencing enhancement for having substantial sexual conduct with a child.
According to the police, Alt took photographs of the young girl in sexually explicit poses sometime between Jan. 1 and Oct. 7. Investigators believe that Alt used Craigslist or some similar website to come in contact with a Marine based in Southern California. Deputy District Attorney Mike Carroll said that Alt allegedly sent the Marine three pornographic pictures of the girl.
Authorities are unable to comment on the investigation of the actions with the Marine, stating that “…if he is going to be prosecuted, it would be from the military side,” Carroll said.
Sheriff’s officials have also indicated that Alt used Craigslist to reach out for potential intimate interactions, including an alleged sexual encounter that was believed to have taken place while her young children were present.
Alt’s husband, who was unaware of any of her alleged actions, has taken custody of their children while she remains behind bars.
If you or someone you love is suspected of child pornography or lewd acts with a minor, contact Orange County Criminal defense lawyer Staycie R, Sena at (949)477-8088 for a consultation now.