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Judge sentences Soldotna man guilty of child porn possession to 17 years

Posted: August 11, 2013 - 8:02pm  |  Updated: August 12, 2013 - 8:47am

A Soldotna man was sentenced to 17 years in prison on Thursday in Kenai Superior Court on a child pornography conviction stemming from a large collection of images found on several of his viewing devices.

Superior Court Judge Carl Bauman sentenced Kevin Patterson, 42, to 17 years in jail, with 12 years to be served and five years suspended.

The probation office recommended the maximum time, 20 years, followed by 20 years of probation.

Bauman determined 20 years to be too long of a probation period and ordered Patterson to seven years probation following his release. Bauman also mandated special conditions of Patterson’s probation including electronic and Internet restrictions, registration as a life-long sex offender and sex offender treatment.

Defense attorney Shelley Chaffin said Alaska lacks adequate sex offender treatment programs in her sentencing remarks.

“I do think that (Patterson’s recovery), with the right rehabilitation efforts, both institutionally and once he is released, are fairly high with the right offender treatment,” Chaffin said.

The judge found Patterson guilty of seven counts of possession of child pornography at Patterson’s court trial that ended Jan. 25, after Patterson waived his right to a jury in exchange for lesser charges.

“I was really hurt when I was found guilty of something I didn’t do,” Patterson said during the sentencing hearing.

The judge ruled Patterson was not guilty on one count of child porn possession because Bauman determined the evidence was not pornographic.

Possession of child porn is a class C felony carries a maximum sentence of five years, but, with two aggravators applied to the charges, the court sought a sentence between 12 and 20 years

Assistant Attorney General Marika Athens, of the Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals and prosecutor in the case, said Patterson is not going to stop his behavior.

“The only way he is going to be stopped from victimizing children on the Internet is by having him in jail,” Marika said during her sentencing remarks. … “He doesn’t think what he did was wrong.”

Most professionals agree that for every one found victim of child pornography there are 10 unknown.

Authorities discovered more than 1,000 photographs and videos on multiple devices. The devices, instead of the individual images and videos, correlated with each count of the indictment originally filed in Superior Court Feb. 4, 2011.

Patterson was originally charged with eight counts of possession of child porn and two counts of distribution of child porn. The state agreed to dismiss the two distribution counts after Patterson waved his right to a jury trial.

Patterson was convicted of similar charges in Minnesota in 2005 and was a registered sex offender when he relocated to Alaska.

While he was living in Alaska in April of 2009, probation officer Jennifer Paz reported she believed Patterson was violating conditions of his probation from the Minnesota case by accessing the Internet, according to court documents.

Search warrants were served in June 2009 to search Patterson’s electronic devices as well as computers seized from his parents’ bed and breakfast.

One charge of possession of child porn was filed on Jan. 07, 2010 in this case. A warrant for Patterson’s arrest was issued Jan. 8, 2010. Patterson fled the country and evaded law enforcement until his Dec. 30, 2010 arrest in Mexico City, Mexico.

Patterson is incarcerated at Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

 

Kaylee Osowski can be reached at kaylee.osowski@peninsulaclarion.com.

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