A New Zealand man was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday on four counts of production of child pornography and one count each of kidnapping and attempted kidnapping.
Troy George Skinner, 25, was shot and wounded by the mother of a 14-year-old girl while allegedly trying to break into their Goochland County home last summer. Court records indicated that Skinner and authorities had been discussing a plea deal in recent months.
According to the U.S. attorney’s office, the grand jury alleges that Skinner used the Goochland teenager to produce two videos of child pornography and two image files of child pornography. The indictment alleges that the acts occurred on four days in February and March last year.
The grand jury also alleges that Skinner traveled from New Zealand to Virginia in June. After arriving, he seized and confined the girl and attempted to seize, confine and kidnap her “for ransom or another reason,” the indictment says.
If convicted, Skinner could receive life in prison.
Charges of breaking and entering with a deadly weapon with the intent to commit rape were withdrawn in Goochland County when the federal charges were issued in October.
Goochland authorities said that on June 22, Skinner tried to break into the Goochland home of the teenage girl by throwing a landscaping brick through a glass door.
But the girl’s mother shot Skinner, wounding him in the neck, and he collapsed in a nearby yard. Authorities said he was found in possession of duct tape, pepper spray and a camouflage folding clip knife.
Goochland investigators believe Skinner first made contact with the girl through an internet application that allows video gamers to communicate via their personal computer or smartphone. Authorities said the girl tried to stop communicating with Skinner, but he persisted.