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16 & Pregnant's Lori Wickelhaus smirks in new mugshot as she may be released five years early in child pornography case

Nov 1, 2021

16 AND PREGNANT star Lori Wickelhaus smirked in her new mugshot, as she could be eligible for parole in 2022 despite her over six-year prison sentence for possession of child pornography. 

Lori, 29, was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison in August after accepting a plea deal.

The Sun can exclusively reveal Lori was transferred from Campbell County Detention Center to Grayson County Detention Center on October 28. 

In her latest mugshot at the new facility, Lori smiled as she had on glasses with her hair in a messy bun. 

A prison clerk revealed to The Sun that she is eligible for parole on December 9, 2022. 

If she is released on parole, she would’ve served nearly one-and-a-half-years of her six-and-a-half-year sentence. 


As The Sun extensively reported, Lori was arrested and charged in August 2020 on 20 counts of possession of viewing matter portraying sexual performance of a minor. 

Lori was released on $10,000 cash bond at the time of the bust.

The Sun previously reported she entered a plea of guilty at her May 10 court hearing with a sentencing date for June 29. 

A 20-count indictment warrant was issued for Lori’s arrest on August 13, 2020 for possession of viewing matter portraying sexual performance of a minor from the dates September 23, 2019, December 18, 2019 and December 19, 2019. 

In the police report obtained by The Sun, the pornography was allegedly found on an iPhone and white chrome laptop PC. 

The police received a Cybertip from the Kentucky State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force when an “unknown subject uploaded images that depict child pornography to a dropbox account," according to the report.

Lori was then arrested on Tuesday, June 30 for contempt of court. 

She was held on no bond until her August sentencing. 

As a part of her plea deal, the judge ordered she receive mental health counseling.


Lori appeared on the Season 2, Episode 5 of 16 and Pregnant. 

On her episode, she placed her son Aidan with then-boyfriend Cory Haskett for adoption after her parents encouraged her to.

Lori spent time at Q&A Associates in West Virginia, a transitional program for young adults. 

In 2012, Lori gave a rare interview regarding her struggle with depression following the adoption.

She said: “Before I got here I was on a downward spiral. I had no dreams, I didn’t have any goals, I didn’t care what happened day to day.

"I’d wake up and go right back to bed. There was nothing to get up and work for. Now I have everything to work for.

“After my pregnancy, I hit a rough spot. I couldn’t really get over that I had done an open adoption with my son. I wasn’t working. I quit going to school. I knew I needed a change.

“I see a good career. A family, a nice house and a couple of animals. I really have a big dream for myself so I plan on reaching it.”

She is mom to daughter Rylynn Jo, who she welcomed in 2013, and son Logan, who she welcomed in 2014, with ex-fiance Joseph Amos. 

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