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170 years in prison for looking at dirty pictures

Apr 3, 2014

Arizona Republic

Arizona sends man to prison for 170 years for looking at dirty pictures!!!!!

When you read the article it sounds like John Landrum Jr. is an evil man who rapes children. He isn't. The crime he was charged with - "sexual exploitation of a minor" is a big word for the victimless crime of looking at dirty pictures.

In Arizona "sexual exploitation of a minor" or "looking at dirty pictures" as the rest of us call it is punishable with a minimum of 10 years in prison for each picture and the terms must be served consecutively. So John Landrum Jr. had 17 photos of child porn on his computer and the state of Arizona will put him in prison for the rest of his life for that crime, costing the taxpayers $50,000 a year to warehouse him.

Judge sentences Phoenix man to 170 years for child porn

Megan Cassidy and Michael Kiefer, The Republic | 3:17 p.m. MST April 2, 2014

A former Salvation Army employee was sentenced to 170 years in prison after being found guilty of 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery announced Wednesday.

John Landrum Jr. was flagged after Phoenix police performed a search for terms related to child pornography.

Police tracked the terms back to Landrum's IP address and found 29 files publicly available for view. Thirty-six days later, there were 111 available for view, Montgomery said.

Landrum was arrested following an investigation by the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and was indicted on 10 counts stemming from the 3,500 files that investigators reportedly found in his possession, Montgomery said.

A jury convicted Landrum on all 10 charges and Superior Court Judge Harriet Chavez sentenced Landrum to 17 years on each count, all of which Landrum will serve consecutively.

"We hammer people," Montgomery said at a Wednesday news conference.

But, he said, prosecutors have to be careful with the amount of evidence they present at trial because jurors are required to review each piece of child pornography.

"There's only so much a jury can take," he said.

The various victims involved in all of the charges were less than 15 years of age, with one as young as 4, he said. Montgomery noted that some of the victims were identified by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Montgomery proceeded to describe the videos in graphic detail to media personnel present at the conference, in order to avoid any false sympathy for Landrum years from now, he said. Citing the disturbing nature of the files, Montgomery said that portion of the press conference would not appear on the YouTube broadcast of the presser.

Montgomery cited what is referred to as the "Butner Study" to illustrate the types of people involved in child porn cases. The study found that of the sampled suspects who had been sentenced for child pornography that 85 percent eventually admitted that they had committed at least one hands-on offense.

Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia spoke about the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which is led by the Phoenix Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children unit. Garcia said the task force saved 69 children from being victimized by child pornography in 2013.

"There are people behind these pictures," he said.