GUILTY CA - Donald Tosti for child pornography, San Rafael, 2009

Discussion in 'Recently Sentenced and Beyond' started by Missizzy, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. Missizzy

    Missizzy New Member

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    How on earth could we have missed a psychologist??? A four year long investigation? How many children were victimized during that investigative process? That concerns me. However, I love the penalty of a fine paid to the NCMEC. I have to wonder if this doctor knew Dr. William Ayres of San Mateo County. We have a long thread on Ayres.

    Marin County is just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

    http://www.mercurynews.com/rss/ci_19904076?source=rss

    Marin psychologist sentenced to 8 years in child porn case
    February 6, 2012


    "A Marin psychologist convicted of possessing child pornography was sentenced in federal court to eight years in prison and ordered to pay $50,000 to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Donald Tosti, 76, who surfaced as a pornography suspect after taking his computer to CompUSA for repair, was convicted on two charges of possessing child pornography after a search of his San Rafael home and office produced a "large collection" of child pornography, including depictions of the rape of very young children, according to U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag. Haag issued a statement describing Tosti as a psychologist who founded the Independent Learning Schools...."

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    "...Judge White also sentenced Tosti to a five-year period of supervised release and ordered him to pay $50,000 in restitution to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The sentencing followed a four-year investigation by the FBI and San Rafael Police Department...."

    more at link


    Eight years? Really. That's all?
     
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  3. Belinda

    Belinda Doer of Things

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    Why do they keep prosecuting these men for only 1 or 2 counts when they possess hundreds or thousands of pictures? I have seen prosecutions of 1 count for each picture, which means it can be done. Stop giving these pervs a break!
     
  4. Missizzy

    Missizzy New Member

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    Sorry but I made a mistake in titling this thread. The man's name is Donald Tosti--not David. I've asked a mod to fix it.
     
  5. Missizzy

    Missizzy New Member

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    ITA, Belinda. The authorities spent almost as much time investigating this horrid case as the guy will actually serve in prison. And such violent images? Why only 8 years?
     
  6. Belinda

    Belinda Doer of Things

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    Wow, Salem is quick with the fix! Thanks.
     
  7. Missizzy

    Missizzy New Member

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    From the DOJ:


    U.S. Attorney’s Office
    February 06, 2012

    Northern District of California
    (415) 436-7200

    SAN FRANCISCO—Donald Tosti was sentenced Feb. 2, 2012, to eight years in prison and ordered to pay $50,000 in restitution for possessing child pornography, United States Attorney Melinda Haag announced.

    Tosti was convicted on Sept. 14, 2011, on two charges of possessing child pornography. During the trial, evidence showed that Tosti was found to possess child pornography after taking his computer to CompUSA for repair. A search of Tosti’s home and office revealed a large collection of child pornography, including depictions of the rape of very young children. In sentencing Tosti, United States District Court Judge Jeffrey S. White emphasized the size of his collection and the graphic and extreme nature of the child pornography images as aggravating factors in imposing his sentence.

    Tosti, 76, of San Rafael, Calif., was indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 6, 2009, with one count of possession of child pornography. A second charge was added by the grand jury on Nov. 24, 2010, based on additional child pornography found after Tosti’s arrest.

    The sentence was handed down by Judge White following a bench trial on two counts in violation of Title 18, United States Code, section 2252(a)(4)(B). Judge White also sentenced the defendant to a five-year period of supervised release and ordered him to pay $50,000 in restitution to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The defendant is scheduled to begin serving the sentence on April 2, 2011.

    Owen Martikan is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who prosecuted the case with the assistance of Rosario Calderon. The prosecution is the result of a four-year investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of the San Rafael Police Department.

    Further Information:

    Case #: CR 09-0973 JSW
     
  8. Belinda

    Belinda Doer of Things

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    I just don't understand why so many states seem to bend over backwards to lessen the sentence for child pornographers and often, even child sex abusers. It makes me honestly wonder how many predators we have on the bench. I can't help but wonder. So many of these sentences make no sense and are nothing more than a slap on the wrist. It's terribly disheartening.
     
  9. Missizzy

    Missizzy New Member

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    Belinda Doer of Things

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    Well, at least he wasn't seeing child patients. That's a relief.
     
  11. Missizzy

    Missizzy New Member

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    I guess Tosti has some time to prepare for prison--to get his affairs together, and all. How gracious of the court.

    He could flee too, if he so desired.

    He will begin serving his sentence in April, according to the PR above.
     
  12. Missizzy

    Missizzy New Member

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    I agree, that's a relief. But what about children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and neighbor kids? Hmmmm.

    This burning desire for graphic child rape images didn't just fall out of the sky a few years ago most likely.
     
  13. Belinda

    Belinda Doer of Things

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    ITA, there are likely victims around somewhere. I was just grateful for the small miracle that he didn't have hundreds of child patients.
     
  14. Mercyneal

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    As Ayres allegedly raped some of his victims, and is only a few years older than Tosti, I have no doubt they know each other. Thanks for posting this.
     

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