Richmond, VA: Sentence Upheld in Child Porn Case with Unusual Twist

Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 6/21/2009 4:00:00 AM A federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, has upheld obscenity convictions in a case with an unusual twist.

Pat Trueman, special counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, tells OneNewsNow the circumstances are certainly different than most child pornography cases because it involves Dwight Whorley writing down his fantasies about child molestation.

"The issue in the case was there were no pictures; these were his thoughts. Shouldn't he be allowed to write them on paper? Well, it's not just his thoughts. He did write them on paper and he disseminated the papers as well by e-mail," Trueman points out. "You do not have to have pictures for something to violate the federal obscenity law, and this was particularly vile material because it was the sexual abuse of children."

Whorley is currently serving 20 years in prison on 74 child pornography and obscenity counts, including 20 involving e-mails. There has been no decision on a further appeal.

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