Man gets 50-year term for child abuse, porn

December 08, 2007|By Katy O'Donnell

A 51-year-old man from Cresaptown in Allegany County was sentenced in federal court yesterday to 50 years in prison for sexually abusing and exploiting two minors and for producing and distributing child pornography.

William Wray II pleaded guilty to the charges Sept. 12. Prosecutors say he coerced two girls to engage in sexually explicit conduct and recorded the acts.

When law enforcement officers raided Wray's residence in March they found numerous images of child pornography, several computer drives and two videotapes of him committing sexual acts with minor children, including the two victims.

His computer was connected to a file-sharing system, and prosecutors said he was found to have distributed, received or possessed more than 600 images of child pornography that included sadistic or masochistic violence involving prepubescent minors.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bonnie S. Greenberg said she could conceive of no other sentence than the maximum 50 years. U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett presided over the hearing.

Wray's public defender, Joanna B. Silver, asked for a 35-year term, pointing to Wray's cooperation in pleading guilty and asking the judge to consider what the defense called "the quality of the sentence." Child abusers are often targeted in jail, Silver said, and a shorter sentence would give Wray hope that he could one day be released and make amends.

Greenberg, though, argued that Wray targeted one of the victims because of her mental disability. The prosecutor also called attention to Wray's abuse of other children in the 1990s and his arrest in 2001 on a charge of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy.

Silver acknowledged that Wray has sexually abused numerous children but argued for leniency.

If Wray completes his sentence and is released from prison, he will be supervised by a law enforcement officer and banned from using computers for the rest of his life.

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