Child porn nets 6-year sentence

April 21, 2007|By Matthew Dolan

A Harford County man charged with molesting a young girl will spend almost six years in prison on a separate federal charge that he possessed child pornography, a judge ruled yesterday.

U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Robert Bower Reeves, 44, of Forest Hill to 71 months in prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release for possessing child pornography - the high end of the recommended federal sentencing guidelines.

Bennett, who said he was disturbed by the nature of the case and the victimization of young girls, also ordered that upon his release from prison, Reeves must register as a sex offender wherever he lives, and may not have contact with children or access to the Internet.

His attorney had pleaded for leniency, noting his work on his family soybean and corn farm and his role in the life of his young son. At the end of the hearing, Reeves apologized to his family and the victims of the pornography, pledging to continue treatment for his behavior and making amends upon his release.

According to the statement of facts presented to the court at his February 2 guilty plea, law enforcement authorities received a complaint from a 12-year-old girl that Reeves molested her in 2005.

Maryland State Police searched Reeves' home, including his computer, and found a stash of pornography and sex toys he sold on e-Bay, court papers say. Reeves pleaded guilty to possessing between 10 and 150 images of child pornography, but authorities did not list a specific number. At least one of the images on Reeves' computer portrayed sadistic conduct.

Reeves still faces state charges in Harford County for the alleged molestation.

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