Albert Abrams, 64, will be sentenced on Monday for the crime of possessing thousands of sexually explicit photos and videos of children. Authorities found the images on his home computer and hard drives, where he had been collecting them for more than a decade. They include depictions of bondage and sadomasochism.
Abrams is the former president of the Los Angeles neighborhood commission and has worked on the broadcast media campaigns of President Jimmy Carter and Senators Robert Kennedy and Al Gore.
Defense attorney Marilyn Bednarski is hopeful for a reduced sentence, as her client’s bad back made him do it. No seriously, that’s what they’re going with.
In court documents, prosecutors said Abrams told a television station that a tumor made his alternate personality download child pornography. He later claimed the growth was a cyst and now says an unidentified back problem was responsible.
Abrams collected thousands of images of child pornography for 10-plus years (that we know about), failed a polygraph test by the federal government when asked if he had had sexual contact with minors, and downloaded a 170-page document entitled “Hunter’s Guide to Finding Child Lovers,” and his attorney thinks the request for 97 months in prison is excessive and unwarranted?
Do you know what’s unwarranted? Child pornography. Is there a punishment too excessive for the theft of a childhood? That’s what happens to these poor kids: They are robbed of their innocence for the sick pleasure of the perverts that exploit them.
Prosecutors obtained nearly two dozen statements from the victims that were in the images collected by Abrams. One wrote, "Every day people are trading and sharing videos of me as a little girl being raped in the most sadistic ways. They don't know me, but they have seen every part of me. They are being entertained by my shame and pain."
A bad back isn’t going to turn someone into a pedophile -- a warped mind and a total disrespect for humanity will. I hope Abrams gets the full sentence.
What do you think is an appropriate punishment for child pornographers?
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