Arbutus physician gets 1 year for child porn

January 27, 2007|By Matthew Dolan

A physician from Arbutus was ordered yesterday to spend a year and a day in federal prison after he was found with pornographic images of children.

Michael Sapko, 31, pleaded guilty in November to possession of child pornography. He could have received up to 30 months in prison from U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake.

According to the plea agreement, an undercover Greensburg, Pa., police officer posed online as a 30-year-old female and contacted Sapko in May 2004. In online conversations, Sapko discussed how he had accumulated a personal collection of child pornography from the Internet, prosecutors said.

Starting in June 2004, Sapko sent seven e-mails to the undercover officer, each containing an image of child pornography, authorities said.

In November 2004, agents said they searched Sapko's residence and seized a laptop computer containing 86 images of child pornography, including images of children younger than 12 and images depicting sadistic or masochistic behavior.

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