Child Pornography Sex Case Sends Alabama Man to Jail for Nearly Six Years

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Child Pornography Sex Case Sends Alabama Man to Jail for Nearly Six Years

Posted by Steve Eversole | May 28, 2009 | 0 Comments

A Mobile, AL, federal judge ordered a Loxley man to serve five years and 10 months in jail after the defendant pleaded guilty to criminal sexual charges pertaining to child pornography. On Thursday, May 28, 46-year-old Alabama resident, Francis Edward Tyrrell, said he was remorseful and told the court and the children on the porn tape that he was sorry and didn't “think it would go this far.”

However, United States District Judge Kristi DuBose was apparently unmoved by the defendant's courtroom repentance. In fact, the judge took the prosecution's suggestion and gave Tyrrell an extra 10 months in prison, above and beyond the mandatory minimum of 60 months.

The assistant U.S. attorney, Sean Costello, pushed for the longer sentence, reminding the court that the defendant not only possessed and viewed the video, but also paid his own money — $79.99 — to buy it, essential creating a market for the child pornography tape and supporting an illegal business.

According to the criminal complaint, local agents were first alerted to Tyrrell's name and credit card on a pornography website membership list. This type of offense typically becomes a federal crime when the Internet is employed by an individual. When the authorities confronted the Tyrrell at his home, he voluntarily allowed them to search his house and computer hard drive.

As a Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyer, I know this area of the law very well. I defend clients against both Alabama state and federal child pornography charges, which can be very serious in some cases. But fines and jail time are only part of the picture when it comes to child sex crimes.

One important reason you need a lawyer who will provide an aggressive defense is because the public's attitude toward people accused of child sex crimes is extremely hostile. Mr. Tyrrell found this out the hard way outside of the courtroom. While awaiting trial, he was attacked by another inmate in the Escambia County jail, supposedly because of his alleged offense. That attack resulted in the defendant being struck in the eye with a sharp metal object — his doctors are still unsure as to whether he will see again with that eye.

Child porn charges get Loxley man 5 years in prison, AL.com, May 28, 2009

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