Monday, February 22, 2016

Award-winning literature professor is jailed for possessing massive child porn collection

An award-winning contemporary literature professor was sentenced to six years and four months in federal prison for his massive child pornography collection that topped a half million images, a federal judge said on Monday.

Kirk Nesset's sentencing also included 10 years of supervised release after he serves his time.

The 58-year-old resigned from Allegheny College in Meadville after he was arrested in October 2014 and pleaded guilty last year to possessing, receiving and sharing child pornography.

Nesset has anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and is bi-polar and, 'for Kirk, obsessive collecting was more important than viewing,' defense attorneys Meagan Temple and Michael Bruzzese wrote in a pre-sentencing memo filed last week.

The defense attorneys contend Nesset sought mental health treatment for years, but because his therapist would have had to report the child pornography addiction to authorities, Nesset did not disclose it.

As a result, his symptoms were treated but not their underlying cause and defense attorneys argued he deserved mercy because he has actively sought treatment since his arrest.  (more...)

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