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Pennsylvania man gets prison time after conviction for sex crimes

A Pennsylvania judge recently sentenced a 30-year-old man to a jail term of 4 to 23 months, to be followed by a three-year probation. The sentence was handed down after the man entered a plea of guilty to charges related to sex crimes involving minors. He is also required to register as a sex offender for the next 15 years.

The charges were filed after an investigation was opened in Jan. 2013. In the course of gathering evidence of alleged crimes against minors, the man's unique computer address was purportedly found in connection with possible child pornography. As a result of the Internet address discovery, officers with the Pennsylvania task force sought a warrant to search the man's home and computers.

According to the report, the man was found to be in possession of images that allegedly depicted minors under the age of 13 being sexually exploited or abused by adults. According to police statements, the accused man supposedly admitted to having downloaded illegal video images to his home computer. The judge in this case had earlier ordered the man to surrender all of his personal electronics to authorities.

The report did indicate that the man will qualify for the jail's work-release program while serving his sentence. While this man decided to enter a guilty plea in his situation, he had the right to proceed to a jury trial and demand that prosecutors prove the accusations against him. In some cases, defendants offer to plead guilty to certain charges in exchange for favorable treatment from the court, though it is unclear in this case if any promises were made to the defendant prior to the entry of his guilty plea. Every person who finds that he or she is facing criminal charges -- including those related to sex crimes -- are ensured of the right to challenge any evidence that the state may present and to face his or her accusers in a court of law. One is further guaranteed the right to a vigorous defense while seeking the best possible resolution to resolve the criminal charges.

Source: timesherald.com, "Plymouth man faces jail for possessing child porn", Carl Hessler Jr., Aug. 29, 2014

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