Popular singer of the American music industry R. Kelly has been sentenced by a federal court in Chicago to 20 years in prison for child sex crimes. Singer Robert Sylvester Kelly, 56, pleaded guilty to six of the 13 charges filed against him in 2019. These charges included three counts of engaging in sexual activity with minors and three counts of soliciting sex.
In a hearing of the allegations against the singer, the judge found that Kelly had made three videos of him sexually abusing his then-14-year-old daughter. Kelly had made this 14-year-old girl his daughter. The singer was earlier acquitted in the case of abusing his daughter and enticing minors to have sex, creating speculation in the investigation.
Kelly is already serving a 30-year prison sentence for fraud and sex trafficking charges, which he is due to serve in 2021. Prosecutors had sought to serve 25 years of Kelly’s sentence after serving 30 years in prison, but the judge ruled that the sentence would run concurrently. As such, Kelly was reportedly spared a life sentence, although he would still serve the full 31 years in prison.
Kelly was found guilty of three counts of child pornography and three counts of enticing children but was acquitted of one pornography count. In 2002, Kelly was charged with child pornography for having sex with an underage girl and allegedly videotaping her, but was acquitted of these counts in 2008 by a judge.