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13 years in prison for looking at dirty pictures????

Dec 22, 2014

Arizona Republic

This guy isn't accused of raping or abusing children, he is accused of simply buying dirty pictures!!!!!

If it costs $50,000 a year to put a person in prison, we are going to spend $650,000 to lock this guy in prison for the victimless crime of looking at dirty pictures.

72-year-old Sun City man sentenced in child pornography case

Paige Shacklett, The Republic | 3:59 p.m. MST December 22, 2014

A 72-year-old Sun City man was sentenced to 13 years in prison on Monday for purchasing pornographic images of juveniles over a span of three years, according to court records.

Married for 50 years and employed by his local church, Larry Jay Bennett was sentenced to 13 years in prison and lifetime probation after having pleaded guilty in November to one count of sexual exploitation of a minor and two counts of attempt to commit sexual exploitation of a minor.

On Monday, prosecutors encouraged Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Bruce Cohen to sentence Bennett to 17 years in jail, meaning Bennett would not be released until he was 89-years-old.

Prosecutors said Bennett had multiple pornographic images of children delivered to his home and work addresses. The U.S. Postal Service helped lead the investigation against him.

According to Cohen, Bennett had a similar offense 14 years ago. Bennett said he fell back into child pornography due to his inability to vent his desires: he said he couldn't talk to his wife or church about the issue.

"I don't want to stand before God with this on me," Bennett said. "This has got to be solved. I've got to get this thing worked out."

Prosecutor Kyra Goddard urged Cohen to consider the emotional harm of the children, believed to be around 7 or 8 years old, even though this was a "no-hands" case. She said Bennett had never met the children.

Goddard said knowing these images are out there and that someone is obtaining sexual gratification from them will ultimately haunt the victims for the rest of their lives.

While Goddard wanted Bennett to serve 17 years in prison, his defense attorney asked for a sentence of no more than 10 years.

Ultimately, Cohen said a mitigated sentence of 13 years incarceration was weighed with the significant factor of Bennett's age and his prior offense.

Bennett did not have anyone present to speak on his behalf.