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May 9, 2009

Long prison term in Peoria for child porn "librarian"

This local story, headlined "Peoria man gets 19 years for child pornography library," provides an effective account of another notable federal sentencing for a child porn downloader.  Here are some details:

Michael D. Dupoy ... was sentenced to 220 months in federal prison Friday. U.S. District Judge Michael Mihm said the term was necessary because of Dupoy's extensive criminal record and remarks Dupoy posted online urging others with whom he traded illicit images to think of ways to avoid being caught.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Schoenbein cited the library of 26,000 child pornography images and hundreds of videos Dupoy had amassed on his computer. Saying Dupoy had "sold his soul," Schoenbein asked Mihm for the maximum 20-year sentence. "He didn't dabble in this, he immersed himself in it," Schoenbein said. "He's not going to change."

Attorney Robert Alvarado of the federal defender's office argued for a 10-year sentence, attacking the federal sentencing guidelines that would put his client behind bars for longer than if he had actually molested a child.

Mihm said he would have considered that argument had it been made for a different defendant, one with a lesser criminal history.  But Dupoy, who has been convicted of a litany of property crimes and spent most of his life since the age of 13 in correctional centers, was not the right defendant.  Mihm also scuttled the idea that Dupoy's crime was less hurtful than if he had physically touched children: "The fact that these things are shared encourages people to do this."

Dupoy expressed remorse to the court during a brief statement in which he revealed had been physically and sexually abused by his father and asked for leniency.  "I have lived with what my dad did to me all my life, and I prayed to God to help me stop looking at children," he said.  "I know I have done wrong and I am deeply sorry for what I have done."

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The SEX OFFENDER LAW should not be used as a tool to harm the VICTIMS of sexual abuse, ever. As in this man's circumstance he had no contact with a child and suffers from the usual mental disorder victims of sexual abuse incure. We offer to this citizen criminal charges and cruel, unusual punishment for a victimless, non violent crime. America has a lot of nerve acting as a civilized and just Nation. As these laws progress the victims of sexual abuse really have no where to turn for help to overcome the ill effects of sexual abuse without being critized and faced with criminal charges, that's insane. Dupoy expressed remorse to the court during a brief statement in which he revealed had been physically and sexually abused by his father and asked for leniency. "I have lived with what my dad did to me all my life, and I prayed to God to help me stop looking at children," he said. "I know I have done wrong and I am deeply sorry for what I have done."

Posted by: Honest Opinion | May 10, 2009 10:10:07 AM

Another monster chased into the tower with the torch and pitchfork mob in hot pursuit.

Posted by: John K | May 10, 2009 11:39:26 AM

While no one can argue the government does not have a compelling interest and that interest is worthwhile, it is difficult to understand in terms of proportionality. Compare this

Deputy pleads guilty in bike-crash deaths

Henry K. Lee,Matthew B. Stannard, Chronicle Staff Writers

A Santa Clara County sheriff's deputy pleaded guilty Friday to two misdemeanor counts of vehicular manslaughter for hitting and killing two bicyclists last year when his patrol cruiser crossed the center line.

Questions about the Cupertino crash ...

At about 10:25 A.M., a Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Deputy heading the opposite direction in his cruiser crossed the double yellow line and drove head-on into the three cyclists. Matt Peterson was killed instantly; Kristy Gough’s left leg was severed, and Christopher Knapp sustained a broken arm and leg. The three cyclists were five minutes away from their finish at Stevens Creek Reservoir when they were struck.

Posted by: George | May 10, 2009 12:46:51 PM

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