US man admits P2P child porn charges

David Leroy Knellinger Sr, 60, pleaded guilty before the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. He admitted to using iMesh p2p software to obtain three videos depicting child pornography. US District Judge Robert Payne sentenced Knellinger to 87 months in prison, to pay a $15,000 fine and to serve five years of supervised release following his prison term. The investigation of Knellinger was conducted by the FBI and arose from an investigation conducted by the US Postal Inspection Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Brian Hood for the Eastern District of Virginia and Trial Attorney Alexandra Gelber for the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the Criminal Division.

In a related incident, the child victim in one video has been identified by law enforcement officers and her alleged abuser, Kenneth Freeman, was a fugitive on the 15 Most Wanted list of the US Marshal's Service. Freeman was arrested in Hong Kong in May and is currently contesting extradition proceedings.

News source: vnunet

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to be perfectly honest, i don't see why they're going after the downloaders. i mean if it's via a p2p app like this, they don't give the person any monetary credit for it etc. they should focus on the people who put it there in the first place.

"The investigation of Knellinger was conducted by the FBI and arose from an investigation conducted by the US Postal Inspection Service"

what the heck does the postal inspection service have to do with downloading :confused:

@ lbmouse: sign of the times indeed. our legal system is sooo f'd up

I think what this guy did was totally abhorrent and disgusting, but isn't 7+ years a little on the harsh side? In comparison, you only get 7 months for killing your husband because he criticizes you. Guess it is a sign of the times.

lbmouse said,
I think what this guy did was totally abhorrent and disgusting, but isn't 7+ years a little on the harsh side? In comparison, you only get 7 months for killing your husband because he criticizes you. Guess it is a sign of the times.

I agree. The punishment for killing a husband is too low. It should be increased.

By the way, when you complained, you should have known that a response can go either way and that is not to mean that I am not serious about what I said in any way.