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Child Pornographer Gets Extra Time

July 17, 1998

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ A man convicted of importing child pornography got some extra prison time after asking to get his pictures back.

U.S. District Judge George C. Smith said he was appalled that Timothy Rowles, 29, saw nothing wrong with possessing dozens of magazines and videotapes depicting naked boys and girls in sexually explicit poses.

Rowles pleaded guilty Jan. 21 to one count of importing child pornography into the United States.

Saying Rowles lacked repentance, Smith on Thursday sentenced him to two years in prison, 10 months longer than the usual sentence. The judge also fined Rowles $4,000 and ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service.

Rowles first filed two motions last fall attempting to force the government to return the materials that had been confiscated during a raid on his house. The motions were denied.

Then he wrote a letter to the judge saying the pictures were no worse than items that can be found in local bookstores and libraries. ``What one person calls pornographic ... another may have no problem with,″ Rowles wrote. ``They talk about community standards. I’m part of the community, and if what I have doesn’t bother me, why should it matter?″

``The court finds it inconceivable ... that anyone could not realize the devastation that child pornography causes to the young boys and girls who are in the photographs,″ Smith said.

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