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Soldotna man found guilty of child porn possession

Posted: January 28, 2013 - 10:25pm  |  Updated: January 30, 2013 - 5:01pm

On Friday, Kenai Superior Court Judge Carl Bauman found a Soldotna man guilty of seven counts of possession of child pornography. The judgment was handed down following a three-day court trial.

Kevin Patterson, 40, originally faced ten felony charges: eight counts of possession of child pornography and two for distribution. The state agreed to dismiss the distribution charges after Patterson waived his right to a jury trial on the eight counts of possession, according to court records.

Patterson was found not guilty of the first count of possession. Bauman reviewed the exhibits — eight devices seized by law enforcement that corresponded with the counts rather than every image on the devices, which has occurred in other child porn cases — and decided two items were not pornographic. Otherwise, the remaining videos and images were pornographic, he said.

Possession of child pornography is a class C felony. Under Alaska law, the maximum penalty for a class C felony is five years. The court decided two aggravators applied to the charges, meaning the court would be seeking the maximum sentence.

Prior to the trial, the parities agreed to a cap of active jail time of no more than 20 years and no fewer than 12 years, according to court records. But the aggravators could mean additional jail time for Patterson.

Sentencing is set for May 5 at the Kenai Courthouse.

Patterson was indicted Feb. 4, 2010 on the original ten felony charges. Authorities discovered more than 1,000 images and videos of child pornography on multiple devices at his residence as well as his parents’ bed and breakfast. Some of the images included diapers, a recognized fascination of Patterson’s.

In 2005, Patterson was convicted of similar charges in Minnesota.

The Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals handled the case; Assistant Attorney General Marika Athens argued during opening statements that evidence found on the devices would lead to a conviction. The defense argued the issue at stake was whether or not Patterson knowingly possessed the photos seized, which it believed prosecutors could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

Jerzy Shedlock can be reached at jerzy.shedlock@peninsulaclarion.com.

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ak1979
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ak1979 01/29/13 - 12:03 pm
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similar charges

Convicted on similar charges, really? and his lawyers didn't think the prosecutors could prove it this time beyond a reasonable doubt? I wonder if his lawyer would let him baby sit his/her kids if he/she got him off? I am sure they have a special place in hell for his lawyer.

Where Kevin is going they have a different kind of justice for guys like ole Kev, Maybe we will read about him again soon.

msjinxie
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msjinxie 01/29/13 - 01:55 pm
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WHAT?

I DO not understand! We end up with so many horrible people from the Lower states that, lets face it, come up here running from something. We just had Isreal Keyes, who took a precious life...then wiped himself out leaving an open wound for the poor parents. Hundreds of Child Molesters, Sex abusers, Pornography of children...When is it going to be enough?? I for one as a resident am honestly tired of watching the headlines get increasingly worse for things of this sort. Its beyond disgusting. I wish the State had a law in place that required outsiders coming in to go thru a simple background check if they seek residence here. Period. Expedite him back to Minnesota!! We don't him here in our jails! Scratch that, our prisoners will take care of him...yeah send him to Seward!

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kenairesident 01/29/13 - 02:43 pm
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outsiders?

why is it always "outsiders" that commit crimes?? You dont think Alaskans do these things too? If you move to another state, would you want them to do a background check on you?

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radiokenai 01/29/13 - 03:00 pm
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msjinxie
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Well, believe it or not, I sort of agree with you for once! But I think there is another way! What the courts need to do is make and EXAMPLE of the outsiders who come up here to commit crimes.

On the other hand, I believe that people who GENUINELY wish to turn their life around, want to leave all their crimes and behaviors behind them and start a new life. This is not to say we want people who are jumping bail or skipping charges, this is for people who are just living in a bad situation and need to start life over. Alaska is, and will always be, has a place for them. BUT KEEP IN MIND, Criminals who wish to ply their trade up here risk an immediate and decisive introduction to the concealed carry laws of Alaska!

In summary, I should hope the Judge sends a strong message to the Chester via lots of time! Somehow I believe his crime will come back to haunt him once fellow inmates discover what kind of charges he has been sentenced to!

When the papers announce that Mr. Chester received 25 years in prison with 10 years probation, well lets just say future Chesters may stop and take a moment to think about what they do!

I know it costs money to house them, but since we are forced to house them...let it count!

ramses
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ramses 01/29/13 - 03:25 pm
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Outsiders

Please...there are certainly enough home grown sex offenders in the local area.

kenairesident
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kenairesident 01/29/13 - 05:14 pm
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exactly!

exactly!

Sam Von Pufendorf
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Sam Von Pufendorf 01/31/13 - 10:26 pm
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Alaska and Florida

Both states have this in common: More people moved to these states from another state than were born in those states. I have friends who have been here since the 40's, 50's, 60's etc that came from some other distant states. The majority of the population are "outsiders."

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Seafarer 01/31/13 - 05:46 pm
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FIVE Years?

I do not care what the court says. Change the dang law to have a mandatory castration followed by a 50 year sentence.

But men will never do that, not even the ones who make decisions. Hurts to think about it. You'd rather a guy jack to a picture of your kid in a diaper.

Truth hurts, too.

spwright
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spwright 01/31/13 - 06:32 pm
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Useful Purpose

1/31/13 I would like to suggest a Real Useful Purpose for these Child Molesters.

They should be forced to march in front of Military Vehicles in Afghanistan. BOOM ! Well I bet the next one will be much more aware his Explosive Ordinance Disposal E O D Skills.
Think of the American Lives that could be Saved while these Child Molesters learn their EOD Skills.
Sounds like a Useful Purpose to Me.
What Say You ? SPW"Airborne"

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Raoulduke 02/02/13 - 09:38 am
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doing point

SPW
You have a great idea.The EOD crash course.They would be most deserving of the OJT. We must not forget.They do get chemically castrated before deployment.We would not want the child molester to abuse any Afghan children.

spwright
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spwright 02/02/13 - 10:55 am
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Mine Sweeping w/ a Bayonet

Yo Raolduke.2/2/13
Do You remember our E O D Training ?
low-crawl on your belly while poking the ground in front of your with a BAYONET ! I had some Nightmares over that one !
I have a E O D Story of a Local Marine if You are interested ?

A $10 Dollar I E D planted by the Taliban in Afghanistan blows up MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR AMERICAN VEHICLES
Kills or Injuries Thousands of American Warriors.
So YES I sincerely believe that Child Molesters should be
"Walking Point" in front of those Vehicles.
That would be far more useful than rotting away in a prison cell. & they would become very skilled at locating those I E D
either that or Die.
SPW"Airborne"

Sam Von Pufendorf
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Sam Von Pufendorf 02/02/13 - 01:01 pm
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8th amendment

It seems we like to apply the constitution only where it suits our needs and ignore it when it doesn't.

spwright
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spwright 02/02/13 - 03:26 pm
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8th Admendment 2/2/13

SVP Quote : "Amendment VIII Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel & unusual punishment inflicted"

All of which applies to a normal human being with the ability to think & act reasonably.

Child Molesters are NOT Human Beings. They are literately
MONSTERS that Rape & Torture & Murder little Children.
Even their fellow prison convicts can not tolerate a Child Molester & they must be kept in solitary confinement to keep from being Killed.

In my opinion, being made to "Walk Point" in Afghanistan is not Cruel & Unusual Punishment. Our American Warriors do that every day in Afghanistan.

SPW "Airborne"

Sam Von Pufendorf
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Sam Von Pufendorf 02/02/13 - 11:16 pm
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interpretation of the 8th amendment.

Your interpretation and that of the USSC seem to be at odds. Nowhere did I see in the 8th (or any other amendment) only "applies to a normal human being with the ability to think & act reasonably."
Even though this man is obviously not of a correct mind, he is still human by definition.
Please do not be mistaken that I do not favor justice for ilk of this nature they should be punished within the terms of the law. I beleive in the constitution as applied to "all men." We do not get to pick and choose when that constitution applies and when it does not... Only what is within constitutional rights.
As for the warriors in Afghanistan... they are their of their own volition. They were aware of the possibility that their service may put them in such a position. Personally, I would not want my son or daughter serving in the same unit as low lifes such as this. We will have just brought either this molester up to the level of the warrior or the warrior into the same realm as the scum.
The issue that bothers me most is that these low lifes often get less of a sentence than what the law prescribes and walks out of prison and back into society. If they go to prison, they should stay in the general population. Protection should come in the form of his cell and that of ordinary security of the prison!

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