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Va. man pleads guilty in child porn case

A second man accused of using a social networking site to share child pornography has pleaded guilty in western Pennsylvania to exploiting children.

Twenty-one-year-old Ryan Chiles of Hampton, Va., entered the plea Wednesday in federal court.

On Tuesday, 56-year-old Stephen Sims, of Palm Springs, Calif., pleaded guilty in the case.

Officials say both will be sentenced in February and face mandatory minimum terms of 20 years and maximum sentences of life in prison.

Authorities say the two and others distributed thousands of sexually explicit images and videos to members of the group formed on the site. Officials say the case was the first prosecution of a child exploitation enterprise that makes use of a social networking site under a federal law created by the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  July 14, 2010; 5:08 PM ET
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Comments

While I'm no fan of people who traffic in child porn I think that a mandatory minimum term of 20 years is excessive. If this man had killed a child he wouldn't get 20 years.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | July 14, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

I am no fan of anybody who commits child porn or rape, execution is a better choice, you can't rehabilitate these kinds of monsters.

Posted by: zcxnissan | July 15, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Not quite as excessive as the case last year, where the Feds gave prison time to a cartoon collector for owning a Japanese cartoon book that had an explicit *drawing* of children.

The Feds have figured out they can do ANYTHING if they justify it with "protecting our children" or "keeping us safe from terrorism."

It's not an evil conspiracy to undermine our civil rights. It's just politicians, cops, and prosecutors doing whatever will get them re-elected/promoted with the least amount of effort. It just happens to have the exact same result as an evil conspiracy to undermine our civil rights.

Posted by: kcx7 | July 15, 2010 1:22 AM | Report abuse

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