Judge's Son Faces No Prison Time After Pleading Guilty To Child Pornography

Judge's Son Faces No Prison Time After Pleading Guilty To Child Pornography

Investigating authorities allegedly brought in an outside judge and prosecutor so that there would be no bias in the verdict.

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Content Warning: This report contains details of child pornography and sexual abuse cases that readers may find disturbing

In a shocking disclosure, the son of a prominent judge from Butler County plead guilty to possession of child pornography. This incident sparked a great deal of outrage from the community and now further questions the veiled activities of people in positions of power and authority. John Paul Doerr III, 34, was sentenced to five years probation, six months house arrest, and 15 years on the Megan's Law registry after he pled guilty to 35 counts of child pornography. Such a crime would have landed him a maximum sentence of more than 250 years in prison yet somehow the verdict was changed, WFTV reports. 

Doerr III is the son of Thomas Doerr who is Butler County's president judge. After the decision was announced, dozens of people protested the fraudulent sentencing outside the  Butler County Courthouse on Friday, alleging that the father-son relationship had a lot to do with what they called a lenient sentence. “It’s not fair. He (could have) gotten 252 years behind bars, (but) instead, he got probation and house arrest,” said Madison Morgan, a demonstrator. “It’s because of who his father is.”



Doerr III was initially taken into custody right after he had confessed that he had downloaded multiple child pornography videos. This included one with a child as young as 1-2 years old. The investigators behind Doerr's case tracked his location down via the IP address tracking assigned to his computer. 




Butler County officials spoke to local media stations and stated that there was no wrongdoing in the verdict of this case. The district attorney said that he immediately handed Doerr's case over to the attorney general's office and that no local judge presided over the case. Investigating authorities brought in an outside judge and prosecutor so that there would be no bias in the verdict. The assigned prosecutor said that this is a standard sentence, typical for these types of cases.



In related news, a resident of Idaho Falls admitted to sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy and filming the act. The incident allegedly took place back in January when 51-year-old Richard Dutton was charged in Bonneville County with two felony counts of lewd conduct with a child and one count of sexual exploitation of the child. As of June 5, federal prosecutors also charged him with sexual exploitation of a child. The charges in federal court hold a minimum of 15 years and up to 30 years in prison if convicted. Dutton could also be ordered to spend up to a $250,000 fine.



Meanwhile, amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, CBC reported that eighteen men from across the state of Alberta, Canada are facing child pornography charges. Police received a record number of online child sexual exploitation this spring, the outlet reported. Most of these cases are a result of referrals from the RCMP's National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre, which works with internet and social media providers to investigate and track down online instances of child sexual exploitation. "This is a level of activity that has been unparalleled in the existence of the ICE unit," said Supt. Dwayne Lakusta, ALERT CEO, said in a news release Friday from Alberta's Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT).


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