John Perry Ryan was sentenced today to 7 ½ years in jail for spreading pornographic images of children online.
District Court Judge William Sessions said of the crimes, “”Truly heinous… It’s one of the most egregious child pornography cases I’ve ever seen… The descriptions in chat rooms are just abhorrent, just beyond belief.”
But his advocates see it differently.
Ryan, a former gay rights activist, received a strong show of support from officials in Provincetown, MA, his former home. His backers included a former Superintendent of Schools, a former town director of Public Health and Human Services, and a former town selectman.
Did anyone notice that these are people who are charged with the safety of Provincetown’s children, heath, and general population? Supporting a self-admitted child pornography trafficker?
What the hell is wrong with these people?
WCAX reports that several of his backers spoke up for Ryan before the sentencing:
Nine longtime friends and neighbors spoke on Ryan’s behalf, pleading with the court to only give a sentence of home confinement, and calling their loved one “harmless.” They described him as a warm, kind, and influential leader for a variety of human rights causes in his previous home on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.
Harmless? With over 20,000 images and nearly 150 videos of child porn on his computer? I think not.
The prosecution had requested a 10-year sentence and then a lifetime of monitoring; the judge handed down a term of 7 ½ years in jail and then five years of supervision. He will also have to register as a sex offender.
If it were up to me, I’d toss the man in jail and leave him there for the rest of his life.
H/T: Commenter Melanie