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Ex-soldier gets 10 years in prison for child porn

Posted April 3, 2012

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— A former soldier was sentenced Monday to 10 years in federal prison for downloading child pornography, authorities said.

Steven Wray, 26, of Fayetteville, pleaded guilty in October to receipt of child pornography.

Investigators in Pennsylvania determined that Wray had downloaded some explicit photos of children, and an analysis of his laptop found several hundred such images, authorities said.

Wray was in the Army at the time the offenses occurred in 2009 and 2010, authorities said.

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  • itsmyownopinion Apr 3, 2012

    That's accusing someone of "thought-crime", which is wrong IMHO. You cannot truly say what that person is going to do. Where do we draw the line? This sentence is way too harsh.

    Statick

    All the sympathy offered this convict just blows my mind. He will never spend enough time in Federal prison to suit me.

  • Statick Apr 3, 2012

    If this soldier's behavior isn't addressed quickly and harshly, he is probably going to act on those impulses and inflict harm that may be irreparable. - travelN88

    Any person that would have child porn would probably do it to a child given the chance. It is sick and evil, against all standards of human behaviour. - TomLynda

    That's accusing someone of "thought-crime", which is wrong IMHO. You cannot truly say what that person is going to do. Where do we draw the line? This sentence is way too harsh.

  • itsmyownopinion Apr 3, 2012

    Post is too similar to one of your previous posts; could be a duplicate post.

    Why do I get this message when you didn't post it the first time? Must I go through this every time I post? Why?

    Trying one more time:

    "Sentence is too harsh. How many of us look at things that we would never do? Men that have actually done harm get lesser sentencing. Yes our system is in the toilet."
    ComfortablyNumb

    Really? @@
    Personally, I don't care if he is/was a soldier. Somebody looking for sympathy for the pervert?

  • batcow Apr 3, 2012

    I agree he deserves some punishment. But when the punishment for viewing it online is harsher than actually doing it, it is absurd.

  • TomLynda Apr 3, 2012

    Chairman of the Bored:

    Agreed totally. And Comfortably Numb, no, most men would not look at child porn. Period. I believe the sentence is too light. Any person that would have child porn would probably do it to a child given the chance. It is sick and evil, against all standards of human behaviour.

  • twc Apr 3, 2012

    See no evil!

    Imagine how much time one will get when they are able to read one's brainwaves!

  • Comfortably Numb Apr 3, 2012

    Sentence is too harsh. How many of us look at things that we would never do? Men that have actually done harm get lesser sentencing. Yes our system is in the toilet.

  • Glass Half Full Apr 3, 2012

    He deserves to serve every day he was sentenced to. The problem is that the ones who do the hands on abuse don't get near as much time. Doesn't quite add up to me. I still say exile them all to an island and let them fend for themselves among others like them.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Apr 3, 2012

    WOW! there goes his benefits when he will need them later in in his senior life. Will they ever learn? I doubt it.

  • Chairman of the Bored Apr 3, 2012

    What has being an 'ex-soldier' got to do with this?

    He was in the US Army while he was obtaining and watching this vile, illegal material.

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