Bail was revoked yesterday for a Drexel Hill woman charged with helping alleged child molester John Jackey Worman produce child porn.
Dorothy Prawdzik, 43, had been free on $100,000 bail, but prosecutors convinced U.S. District Judge Lawrence F. Stengel that she should be locked up.
Prawdzik was handcuffed and led out of the courtroom by a U.S. marshal as family members sobbed.
The defendant, a slender blonde dressed in a sweatshirt, jeans and sneakers, had earlier pleaded not guilty to the charges. She had been released on bail on Jan. 25.
Prosecutors revealed Monday that Prawdzik forced a 10-year-old girl to perform oral sex on Worman and allowed him to have oral sex with the child but she had not initially told investigators about it.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Levy told Judge Stengel, "This is not the kind of conduct one would readily forget."
Prawdzik's attorney, Regina Coyne, argued that her failure to disclose information was "an omission rather than a withholding" of information.
But Stengel said the fact that Prawdzik wasn't more forthcoming with investigators "raised questions about the veracity" of her intentions to attend future court proceedings.
The feds were unable to persuade Stengel that a second woman indicted in the case, Concetta Jackson, who had pleaded not guilty to child porn charges on Jan. 25, should have her bail revoked.
The feds alleged that Jackson, 44, of Collingdale, permitted four kids in her care to be secretly videotaped in her home as they used a bathroom, undressed and showered over a three-year period.
The feds said Jackson, who ran a baby-sitting service and shared her home with Worman, should be locked up because she didn't tell investigators about another child in her care who may also have been sexually exploited in her house.
But Jackson's attorney, Mark Wilson, said Jackson forgot about that child because she had only cared for her a couple of times and couldn't recall whether Worman had contact with the child.
"She's not going to flee anywhere, she doesn't have the resources to go anywhere," Wilson said.
Stengel concluded that the feds had not shown that detention was necessary. He did, however, order that Jackson be confined to her home and monitored electronically.
Worman, 39, of Colywn - already in custody - pleaded not guilty before U.S. Magistrate Charles B. Smith yesterday to charges that he secretly videotaped four children and sexually abused eight others.