“This is a man who, for his entire life, has been a good man,” said Mr. Smith’s attorney, Jack Strickland. “He was a good family man. He was a good representative for the Boy Scouts. I would hate for his entire life to be judged by one stupid act.”
Mr. Strickland said Mr. Smith became involved in pornography “by accident.” Although he initially rejected an offer to receive the sexually explicit material about four years ago, he later agreed and made the mistake of sending the images to others, Mr. Strickland said.
“I think he does acknowledge that he has a problem,” Mr. Strickland said. “He’s got a problem in viewing, receiving and then passing on this material.”
When he is sentenced July 12, Mr. Smith faces five to 20 years in prison and may be required to pay a fine of up to $250,000.
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A forensic examination of the man’s computers revealed multiple e-mails containing child pornography. Among the addresses found was one from Mr. Smith’s home account, according to documents.
On Feb. 22, 2005, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau agents seized Mr. Smith’s two computers and several computers disks revealing 520 images of male child pornography, including sexually explicit depictions of boys under the age of 12,
the documents said.
Mr. Helmer said Smith was sharing the pictures with the German contact as well as other recipients. He noted that it is common among pornographers to exchanges images in the hope that they’ll receive more in return.
ONE STUPID ACT???? 520 images equals ONE act????