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Man gets house arrest, probation in porn case


April 16. 2013 3:48PM
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SHEENA DELAZIO sdelazio@timesleader.com WILKES-BARRE – An Edwardsville man was sentenced Tuesday to 11 to 23 months in the county’s Intermediate Punishment Program on charges he downloaded child pornography. Tor Durham, 32, of Roosevelt Street, was sentenced by Judge on 21 counts, including possession of child pornography, dissemination of child pornography and criminal use of a communication facility. Amesbury ordered Durham to serve the first four months of his sentence on house arrest with an electronic monitor, the remaining part of his sentence on probation and to register his address under Megan’s Law for a period of 10 years. Amesbury said Durham was not found to be a sexually violent predator by the state Sexual Offender’s Assessment Board. The judge said Durham must complete 15 hours of community service. County Detective Charles Balogh said Tuesday that Durham has cooperated with authorities since being charged in November 2009 and Durham admitted in a statement to police that he had been downloading child pornography for 13 years. Durham also allegedly admitted to sharing the files with another man. Balogh said investigators are still searching for that person. According to court papers, on June 19, 2009, officers with the state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Computer Crime Unit did a search on the Internet to find people sharing child pornography. Investigators found a computer sharing photos of a 9-year-old girl and downloading other suspected child pornography from a computer in Edwardsville. A search warrant was obtained, and police searched Durham’s home on Aug. 4, 2009. Durham said he used several different file sharing programs to download the photos. Durham, represented by attorney Michael Kostelaba, was originally scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 16 after he pleaded guilty to related charges in March. At Kostelaba’s request, the sentencing was continued until Tuesday to allow Durham time to apply to the county’s Intermediate Punishment Program. Additionally, Amesbury ordered Durham to have no contact with minors and to undergo drug-and-alcohol and mental-health evaluations.



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