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May 11, 2006

Ohio Ph.D student gets 54 days in prison for child porn


Man Gets 54 Days In Prison For Child Pornography

McGuirl Claims Medical Condition Caused Crime
POSTED: 6:29 pm EDT May 9, 2006
UPDATED: 8:24 pm EDT May 9, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An Ohio State University student received a creative punishment for possessing child pornography after telling the judge his crime was the result of a medical condition.

John McGuirl appeared in court Tuesday, claiming that he has a psychological disorder that causes him to turn to pornography, NBC 4's Nancy Burton reported.

Four months ago, McGuirl, an Ohio State Ph.D student, was convicted of 44 counts of possessing child pornography on two computers. The judge said he wants McGuirl to take responsibility for each image found on his computers.

"(You will spend) one day in jail for each of the felony four counts, 10 days in jail for the felony three count. That adds up to 54 days in jail," said Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Eric Brown. "I do not want to get in the way of the defense of your dissertation. You would report to jail on June 2."

McGuirl's computer was also mentioned at the sentencing. He is permitted to have one, but the judge set strict limitations when it comes to the Internet.

Brown insisted that software be installed on McGuirl's computer to prevent him from visiting certain Web sites.
For the next five years, the probation department will also receive written reports about McGuirl's computer use.

McGuirl still has a case pending in Springfield, where he is charged with trying to solicit a teenage girl for sex.
The judge told McGuirl on Tuesday that if he violates any conditions of the sentence, he will spend four years in prison.
While McGuirl defends his dissertation, Judge Brown should defend his judgeship.

"Psychological disorder", indeed.

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