SANTA ANA (CNS) - Authorities on Saturday sought the public's help in identifying potential additional victims in connection with a former Mrs. Orange County who reportedly used a 4-year-old relative to make child pornography, which she then allegedly sold to a Marine stationed in Southern California.
Meghan Breanna Alt of Irvine, 25, is being held on $100,000 bail. She was charged Friday with one count of possession and control of child pornography and three counts of lewd acts on a child younger than 14, all felonies. She also faces a sentencing enhancement allegation of substantial sexual conduct with a child.
Alt did not enter a plea on Friday. Her next appearance in court is scheduled for Oct. 30.
If convicted at trial, Alt could face up to 14 years and eight months in prison and be ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life.
Alt, who was under surveillance, was arrested following a traffic stop in San Diego County on Wednesday, according to Orange County sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service alerted federal and county law enforcement involved in the multi-agency Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force about the child pornography, leading investigators to Alt, Hallock said.
Alt is accused of sending sexually explicit imagines of the 4-year-old girl to the Marine in exchange for cash and gifts, Hallock said.
Alt is also suspected of advertising unspecified services online that sometimes led to her having sex with clients in exchange for money with her children present, Hallock said.
Alt won the Mrs. Orange County pageant last year and competed in the Mrs. California contest in June 2014, Hallock said. She is also involved in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in San Clemente and Irvine, where investigators believe she worked with young children as a volunteer, Hallock said.
Anyone with any additional information or who believes that they know of other potential victims was asked to call the Orange County Sheriff Department's Special Victims Unit at (714) 647-7418.
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