Woman on trial for breastfeeding videos found guilty on one count

By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 3, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla (WCTV) -- The latest on the trial of a Tallahassee woman accused of posting pornographic breastfeeding videos on the internet:

6:55 p.m.

A Tallahassee woman accused of making and posting pornographic breastfeeding videos on line was found guilty of only one of 33 felony charges against her.

A jury deliberated for about four hours before finding Leigh Felten guilty of lewd and lascivious exhibition. She was found not guilty on all other charges.

"We couldn't be more pleased with the jury verdict," defense attorney John Eagen said afterward. "I think the jury did exactly what we asked them to do which was to apply the law to the facts and not allow morality or personal judgement or bias to play any part in their verdict."

The conviction means Felten could face up to 15 years in prison when she's sentenced in November. She could have faced a mandatory life sentence if convicted of sexual battery on a child.

Prosecutor Lorena Bueno says she respects the jury's verdict, but "had a different view of the evidence."

"Regardless she will be a registered sex offender for life and (the child) is safe," Bueno said.

5:20 p.m.

The jury has found Leigh Felten guilty of one count of Lewd or Lascivious Exhibition and not guilty on all other counts.

12:57 p.m.

The jury is now deliberating in the case against Leigh Felten.

Felten is accused of nearly three dozen felonies for making and posting what prosecutors contend are pornographic breastfeeding videos. Defense attorneys admit they are provocative, but contend they’re not illegal.

If Felten is found guilty of sexual battery against a child, she would face a mandatory life sentence.

11:45 a.m.

A Tallahassee woman accused of posting pornographic breastfeeding videos on the internet took the stand Wednesday morning to testify in her own defense.

“I’m ashamed of them,” Leigh Felten said of the videos. “Morally it was not right,” Felten said, “I don’t believe it’s criminal.”

Felten said she was depressed and alone and the videos boosted her self esteem. “I finally got some attention,” she said.

Felten said she made the videos for a male audience - mainly a truck driver from Wisconsin - and sent them to about 40 people. When asked about a man paying for them she said, “It was more like a donation.”

Felten said the videos showcased the beauty of breast feeding and bonding and at no time was it her intent to sexually exploit the child.

“I’m not a monster,” she said.

Defense attorneys contend while provocative, the videos are not against the law.

The defense has rested its case without calling any other witnesses. Attorneys are now beginning their closing arguments and the jury is expected to start deliberations around lunchtime.


By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 2, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla (WCTV) -- A Tallahassee woman accused of posting pornographic breastfeeding videos is now on trial and could face life in prison if convicted.

Leigh Felten faces nearly three dozen felony charges including sexual battery on a child, lewd and lascivious molestation, promoting sexual performance by a child and possession of aggravated child pornography.

Felten is accused of taking sexually explicit videos of herself breastfeeding an 18-month-old and selling them on YouTube.

Prosecutors say the videos show Felten dancing around in lingerie, breastfeeding the baby and exposing herself to the camera all while making sexually suggestive gestures and comments.

Her defense attorney contends the videos may be provocative, but do not include any sex acts with children. John Eagan told the jury they are not the morality police and must follow the law in making a decision on Felten’s guilt or innocence.

The first witness on the stand was a Wisconsin man, whose wife discovered the videos on his phone in 2015 and called police.

The Wisconsin trucker said he later wound up meeting Felten in Tallahassee and starting a relationship with her. He described the videos as “instructional videos” on how to breastfeed.

The state rested its case Tuesday afternoon. The defense is expected to begin presenting its case Wednesday morning. It's not clear yet if Felten will testify.



 
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