Judge Denies Restitution Request In Child-Porn Possession Case

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A federal judge refused to order a Texas man to pay $3.4 million in restitution to a girl in photos of child pornography he downloaded from the Internet, reports the Christian Science Monitor.

The case of Doyle Paroline in Tyler, Tx., was seen as a test of a tough anti-child pornography law. Prosecutors sought to impose the same level of restitution on those who possess child pornography as against those who physically abused a child, photographed the abuse, and distributed the images.

U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis ruled that the government failed to prove the precise nature of the injuries caused by the man’s possession of two images of the girl. Paroline admitted possessing on his computers more than 150 images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children identified the girl referred to as “Amy.” Federal judges in Florida ordered two defendants to pay Amy restitution of nearly $3.3 million and $3.7 million. A federal judge in California ordered payment of $5,000 in restitution to Amy. Amy’s lawyer, James Marsh, has filed 250 restitution requests.

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