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PostSubject: Jewish Center camp counselor gets 10 years for child porn   Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:02 pm

Judge says 10-year sentence too long for counselor who admitted taking and posting nude photos of prepubescent boys on the web.



A child pornography case that fueled parental outrage and  fears in West Bloomfield ended today with a federal judge sentencing a camp counselor to 10 years in prison for filming young boys in a locker room and posting their nude photos on a Russian website.

But the judge handed down the punishment grudgingly.

U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn expressed frustration, saying he was locked into handing down the sentence because of a plea deal prosecutors worked out, and that the sentence was too long.  He also set the defendant free after the hearing —  his tether was ordered removed and home confinement was ended — and gave him two months to get his affairs in order before reporting to prison.

"It is clear to me in the 37 years (that) I have been a judge — this case does not represent one of the government's finest hours," said Cohn, who also criticized the media, calling its coverage of the case "highly inflammatory."

Cohn also blasted the U.S. Attorneys office for how it portrayed the defendant: Matthew Kuppe, 21, of West Bloomfield, a former camp counselor at the Jewish Community Center who was arrested in August 2015 after the Department of Homeland Security uncovered dozens of nude photographs of young boys, presumably taken at the camp.

Federal prosecutors sought to keep Kuppe locked up pending the outcome of the case.  But Cohn eventually granted him bond.

"The office initiated a major effort to keep defendant under lock and key, as representing a danger to the local community. He was being treated as a child molester and there was no evidence then, nor has there been any evidence since, to even suspect him of child molestation, and the case was investigated thoroughly," Cohn  said in court Tuesday.

Cohn also criticized the sentencing guidelines in the case, saying they are  "widely off the mark" and cut off his discretion.

"No rational system of sentencing — considering precisely what the defendant did and defendant's particular characteristics —  would impose on him imprisonment for 10 years," Cohn said.
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PostSubject: Re: Jewish Center camp counselor gets 10 years for child porn   Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:09 pm

He just took pictures ..... he never touched a kid
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