Johnson City couple accused of selling children to sex film ring

Johnson City couple accused of selling children for sex film ring

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Ronnie McCall (source: Washington County Sheriff's Office) Ronnie McCall (source: Washington County Sheriff's Office)
Connie McCall (source: Washington County Sheriff's Office) Connie McCall (source: Washington County Sheriff's Office)

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

JOHNSON CITY (WATE) – An East Tennessee couple is facing a list of charges, accused of selling their children to take part in sex films.

Connie Sue McCall, 40, and her husband, Ronnie Lee McCall, 61, of Johnson City have been charged by a federal grand jury.

Paperwork shows the couple was selling their four daughters.

Prosecutors say the four girls were between the ages of 5 and 16 when this happened.

They also say their parents were strung out on bath salts at the time. 

Investigators believe the children were taken to several places, and forced to perform sexual acts. The family was also found living in unsanitary conditions.

"Just filth and extremely deplorable," said Investigator Debbie Dunn with the Johnson City Police Department.

Investigators say their six year old daughter had head and body lice, flea bites, ring worm, and severe dental problems.

"The amount of tooth decay, you can imagine, was extremely painful. She had black teeth, and holes in all the teeth, just really inexcusable," Dunn said.

An investigation found the couple's four girls had been forced to perform sexual acts in different parts of Johnson City. The US Attorney's Office picked up the case after they learned one of the children had been taken to South Carolina to make porn.

"When you have parents allegedly making money off their kids through pornography and exploitation, even after 20 years, it's one of the worst cases I've ever seen," said 1ST Judicial District Attorney General Tony Clark.

Connie and Ronnie McCall are behind bars. In addition to state charges, they face at least 30 years in prison, if convicted.

Authorities say the girls are doing well. They are safe, clean, and in the custody of child protective services. They hope all four girls will be adopted as a family.

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