The U.S. Marshals Service is trying to sell a three-bedroom house in Harford County, Md., whose previous owner, was sentenced Monday to 20 years in federal prison for taking pictures of naked children, some as young as 5 years old, inside the house. Convict George Hayward is 72, and his prison term is, as Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein said, “effectively a life sentence.”
As is common practice, police seized Hayward’s computers in which he stored his pictures. But under a new Rosenstein initiative, federal authorities in Maryand also took his house. Most commonly, police seize assets of the drug dealers, gang members and organized crime figures. Rosenstein said he’s extending that practice to send a message to pedophiles, who typically repeat their crimes. House seizures are made in cases where the pedophiles don’t just view pornography inside the house but produce it there. Proceeds from the sales will go to a victims’ compensation fund.