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Federal judge in New York allows man convicted of child porn to walk after serving five days in jail

January 31, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Federal judge in New York allows man convicted of child porn to walk after serving five days in jail

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A federal district court judge in Brooklyn, New York, allowed a man convicted of child pornography, who faced up to eight years in prison, to walk free after serving only five days behind bars.

In a 98-page ruling issued on January 21st, Judge Jack Weinstein out of the Eastern District of New York described his decision to allow 52-year-old Raul Vasquez father of five, to walk free.

“Removing Mr. Vasquez from his family will not further the interests of justice, It will instead seriously harm his young children by depriving them of a loving father and role model, and will strip the defendant of the opportunity to heal through continued sustained treatment and the support of his close family.”

Police arrested Vasquez in May 2014 for downloading pornography featuring pre-teen girls and for participating in video chats with underage female minors.

Vasquez pled guilty to possession of child porn, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars. After his arrest, he spent only five days in jail before being released on bail.

The judge questioned his children and listened to testimony from legal experts including Dr. Richard Krueger, who recommended Vasquez not serve any prison time and immediately be granted “unsupervised contact with his kids.”
“No evidence shows he has ever abused his children,” Krueger told the court.

Despite Federal guidelines recommending anywhere from 6 1/2 and eight years in jail for the charges and the Eastern District Probation Department’s recommendation of a two-year prison term. Judge Weinstein sentenced Vasquez to time served last April with seven years supervised release and a fine.

According to the New York Daily News, Weinstein has come under scrutiny in the past for ignoring mandatory minimum sentences in child porn cases.

The U.S. Court of Appeals ordered Weinstein to impose a five-year mandatory minimum sentence for a man convicted of distributing kiddie porn.

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