Del. man gets 5 years in child pornography case

July 19, 2005|By Matthew Dolan | Matthew Dolan,SUN STAFF

A federal judge in Baltimore sentenced a Delaware man yesterday to five years and 10 months in prison and ordered him to spend the rest of his life under supervised probation for shipping pictures over the Internet of minors engaged in sexually explicit acts.

Donald Bible, 36, of Harrington, Del., had pleaded guilty to the child pornography charge. Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew G.W. Norman wrote in court papers that he would recommend a prison sentence for Bible at the low end of the advisory sentencing guideline range determined by the court.

The maximum penalty for the charge is 20 years in prison. Bible was sentenced by U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz.

Bible contacted an undercover U.S. postal inspector in Maryland on the Internet on Jan. 13, 2004, according to court papers. The postal inspector posed as a 36-year-old waitress and single mother of two girls, ages 12 and 14.

Bible stated that he was a kindergarten teacher. In reality, he was a special-education paraprofessional working for the Capital School District in Delaware.

Chats between Bible and the inspector continued for several months, and four times - in November and December - Bible sent the undercover agent several pornographic photos of children, according to court papers. He was arrested in January.

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