Former Tehama County Man Sentenced To Life For Child Porn

A Colorado man will spend the rest of his life in prison for producing child pornography in Tehama County.  62-year-old Mervin Wolf of Englewood, Colorado used to live in Tehama County but moved away with his wife in 1999.  They continued to make return visits to relatives on a regular basis, usually for 2 weeks at a time. Beginning in 2007, Wolf began taking pornographic photos of a 7-year-old girl who lived with the relatives. Since then, visits occurred up to 3 times a year and each time Wolf forced the girl to perform sex acts which he would photograph or videotape. During a number of the molestation sessions, Wolf's wife and relatives were in the same house unaware of what was going on. In January of last year the child contacted Wolf to say she thought she was pregnant with his child. He said he would pay for an abortion and sent her two home pregnancy tests, which came up negative. When the girl learned that Wolf was coming for a visit this past June, she decided to reveal the abuse because she feared he would begin molesting her younger sister.  When she found the courage to tell her story, it emboldened other relatives to disclosed sexual abuse by Wolf. Further investigation showed that two girls under age 7 who were living as foster children with Wolf and his wife in 2003 were also molested. An investigation went nowhere and no charges resulted, but the couple lost their foster care license. In March the Tehama County victim made a phone call to Wolf that was recorded by the F.B.I., during which Wolf implicated himself. A search warrant was served, Wolf was arrested, and the F.B.I. seized cameras, video equipment, a laptop, and other devices that contained hundreds of images of the victim. When Wolf was sentenced last week the judge said -quote-"Mister Wolf, you were born a free man, but I'm going to make sure you don't die as one." Wolf was given the maximum sentence of 60 years in federal prison.