Skip to comments.Roanoke (VA) man sentenced on child porn convictiond
Posted on 05/25/2017 7:19:47 AM PDT by Perseverando
William Raywood Rhodes, 26, of Roanoke will spend 10 years in prison followed by 15 years on federal supervision for trading child pornography, a judge ruled Tuesday.
The judge declined to fine Rhodes, saying she wanted to conserve what money he has for victim relief.
U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth Dillon said children depicted in child pornography fear that the people they meet in everyday life have seen the images. Anxiety, depression and emotional pain result, according to Dillon, who read confidential statements from children seen in the images Rhodes had.
Child porn offenders owe compensation to the children if authorities can identify and contact them. One child in this case has been found. A lawyer for that child seeks $5,000 restitution from Rhodes, said Jessica Urban, an attorney with the Department of Justice. Dillon said Rhodes will pay something but plans to choose the amount later.
Dillon told Rhodes she knew of no evidence that he produced child pornography or touched children. But an investigation of Rhodes personal computer found he had possessed and shared with others violent, despicable images of abuse of very young children, the judge said.
In 2014, an online police sting run by the FBI in Dallas tapped into a peer-to-peer file sharing network that included Rhodes, and downloaded more than 1,400 illegal images from his computer. Texas authorities alerted law enforcement officers in Virginia, who downloaded 300 more images. They later raided the Roanoke home Rhodes shared with his parents. Rhodes pleaded guilty in Roanoke federal court in February to a single count of knowingly distributing or receiving child pornography.
Rhodes told the judge he cant comprehend the gravity of what hes done but wants to grow and heal as a human being and get back on the right side of the law. Dillon said she would recommend he receive sex offender counseling, substance abuse treatment and mental health care. He could have possibly been helped when he showed interest in child porn as a teenager but never received treatment, the judge said.
IMHO, it's learned behavior. (Where/who did he learn it from?)
Lock him up for a long, long time. If he harmed a child, then capital punishment is the appropriate penalty.
Interesting he gets 10 years and Weiner gets 2. Wonder what his deal was to get that.
Weiner is a democrat politician so this is a resume enhancer. I’m surprised he didn’t walk.
Pedophilia is pandemic in America - https://www.justice.gov/psc/press-room
Well, Weiner was not accused of making or trading child pornography.
He’s probably a registeted Democrat....
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