Friday, January 13, 2012

Georgia man gets prison time for making child porn ... with Photoshop

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Yesterday, a federal judge sentenced Dirk LaPaglia to six years in prison (and ten years of supervised release after that) for taking not-pornographic pictures of girls in his Johns Creek neighborhood, and then using Photoshop to make porn out of them.

U.S. Attorney Sally Yates' office described the images thusly ...

[Police found in La Paglia's home] a cache of photos that [he] had created by combining photos of neighborhood women and girls with pornographic images. The police seized LaPaglia's computer for further examination. On the computer, they found a collection of over 600 images depicting the faces/upper torsos of neighborhood girls morphed onto the naked bodies of other females engaged in various explicit sex acts. Authorities have identified at least two dozen victims of this conduct — actual minor females who lived in LaPaglia's neighborhood or adjacent communities.

LaPaglia's other activities ...

The examination of the computer also revealed that LaPaglia had clandestinely entered several neighbors’ homes, found the girl’s bedroom, placed the girl’s undergarments on the girl’s bed, and then filmed himself engaging in auto-erotic behavior.

Yikes. BUT, six years in prison for making porn with Photoshop? Granted, it's completely gross. Totally inappropriate, and I'm sure the girls whose pictures he used feel incredibly violated. But six years in prison?

Robert McBurney, who prosecuted the case, called the sentence "meaningful and deterrent."

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