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A Piedmont man has been sentenced to five years of home confinement after investigators found about 13, files of child pornography in his possession, according to Robert Kittle, a spokesman for the state Attorney General. Martin Joseph Gleeson, 62, of Emily Lane, pleaded guilty July 12 to five counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
Gleeson was initially charged with 10 counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of minor following a investigation, but court records show half of the charges were dropped and the other half reduced as part of a plea agreement.
Prosecutors recommended a seven-year prison sentence at the plea hearing, Kittle said in anbut Circuit Court Judge Alex Kinlaw issued a sentence of 10 years suspended to five years home confinement with three years probation. Gleeson was also ordered to register as a sex offender and to enroll in sex-offender counseling.
As a registered sex offender, his internet activity will be monitored.
A phone call placed to a listed under Gleeson's name was not immediately returned Thursday. An employee in Kinlaw's office referred The Greenville News' request to speak with the judge to South Carolina Court Administration, which did not return a call Thursday afternoon. The Greenville County Sheriff's Office opened the investigation that led to Gleeson's arrest May 3,after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children forwarded a cyber tip related to child porn ed to imgbox.
According to its website, imgbox is an online service that allows users to and share images. Investigators traced the Internet Protocol address to Gleeson's home and executed a search warrant May 25, The search yielded the files ed to imgbox. According to arrest warrants, the files included images of adults forcing a young child to engage in sex acts with a dog, adults sexually assaulting children, and adults forcing children to engage in sex acts with each other.
Julie Valentine Center Executive Director Shauna Galloway-Williams, whose organization offers support services to victims of sexual assault, said she's not familiar with Gleeson's case but has noticed a pattern of light sentencing when it comes to child pornography cases in Greenville County and beyond. They were victimized when the video was made, and they're being revictimized every single time somebody looks at it or shares it.
Toni Clark, executive director of the Greenville-based nonprofit organization Defenders for Childrensaid she's also frustrated by what she sees as a trend toward lenient sentencing for child sex offenders.
Under South Carolina law, third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor is defined as possession of child porn and carries a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment with no mandatory minimum sentence. Second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor applies to the creation, distribution and duplication of child porn and, upon conviction, carries a mandatory sentence of at least 2 years in prison but no more than To contact the Julie Valentine Center, visit julievalentinecenter.
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13, files of child porn le to 5 years house arrest for Piedmont man, SC AG says