Former Wilmington firefighter Joseph Leonetti Jr. was sentenced to 5 years in federal jail Wednesday for possession and distribution of prepubescent little one pornography. The jail time is lower than half of the federal obligatory minimal for comparable crimes. Not like most little one pornography circumstances – which nonetheless common jail sentences eight months longer than Leonetti’s – the younger age of these depicted will increase the potential most sentence to twenty years in jail. Leonetti additionally confronted probably greater penalties for distributing the pornography on the file-sharing apps Dropbox and MEGA, in addition to on-line discussion groups by the messaging app Kik, which he deleted when police arrived to go looking his dwelling final yr. Even with out the info from Kik, Leonetti was present in possession of over 500 cached photographs, with entry to 1000's extra, in keeping with Assistant U.S. Lawyer Graham L. Robinson. “The sentence is painful, and it needs to be for a criminal offense of this nature,” Wilmington protection lawyer John P. Deckers stated in an interview. “Then again, the choose believed that the rules have been extreme on this explicit case with this explicit defendant.” U.S. District Choose Colm F. Connolly stated that a few of these pointers have been repetitive. For instance, extra penalties are awarded for pornography depicting prepubescent kids, and a separate, greater quantity is added for content material displaying the sexual abuse of infants or toddlers.
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