Two Major Convictions in Separate Child Pornography Cases: Man Gets 9 Years, Woman Gets 5 Years

April 28, 2014 by David S. Seltzer

If you've been arrested for child pornography or computer crimes in Florida, you know that you might face very intense penalties, such as years of jail time.

Last week, authorities handed down two separate decisions in child pornography cases -- one in North Dakota, one in Illinois -- that you might find instructional, as you contemplate your legal future and challenges.

Suspicions Stoked by Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Lead to 9 Year Sentence

In Fargo, North Dakota, a U.S. District Court sentenced 34-year-old Aaron Olson to 9 years behind bars, after Olson was convicted of receiving and possessing child pornography. After obtaining a search warrant to search his home, investigators found 37 DVDs that, all told, held 300+ pornographic videos featuring children. On top of the 9-year jail sentence, Olson faces a $200 assessment (to be paid to the Crime Victims’ Fund) and faces 7 years of supervised release.

Investigators became suspicious of Olson, after authorities identified his North Dakota computer as part of a peer-to-peer sharing network that appeared to be sharing pornography.

Mom Convicted of Abusing Her Own Child

Meanwhile, out in Southern Illinois, 45-year-old Monique Leonard received a 5-year sentence, after she pled guilty to two charges of child pornography. Prosecutors originally had asked for sexual assault charges as well, but they dropped those. Authorities arrested her in 2011 for actions that she allegedly committed in 2009 in connection with Stephen Demink, a man who is serving life in prison, after being convicted of manipulating multiple mothers to exploit their children and engage in sexual acts with them.

Leonard’s case made headlines back in 2001, when she sought to suppress a confession to investigators. Stacy Kinter, a special agent for the Illinois State Police, said that she and two other agents had interviewed Leonard, who confessed to chatting online with Demink, who allegedly manipulated her into performing sexual acts with her children, including masturbation and penetration. Leonard’s attorneys argued that the mother did not know what she was doing when she waved her Fifth Amendment Rights and incriminated herself to investigators.

Both of these cases are very sad. They illustrate the tremendous complexities of pornography crime cases. If you stand accused of a Florida computer crime, the team here at Seltzer Law, PA, would be happy to speak with you about your case in confidence. Call us now at 1-888-THE-DEFENSE (888-843-3333) to schedule a consultation with us.