Stanford Judge Gave Man Possessing Child Porn Less Than A Week In Jail

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Carol Nisar
Notorious judge Aaron Persky is making headlines once again for letting a man in possession of child pornography go with a ridiculously light prison sentence.

Protesters against Brock Turner's judge, Aaron Persky. Credit: Reuters

The instances of why Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky needs to have his license recalled keep piling up. Persky, however, who has been a judge since 2003, is set to make a new ruling later this month for a 2015 ruling in which he gave an incredibly lax sentence to a sex offender.

The Guardian reported Tuesday that in 2015, Persky sentenced a middle-aged-man in possession of child abuse images to four days behind bars.

San Jose resident Robert James Chain, 48, who pleaded guilty to the charges and was required to register as a sex offender, only ended up spending one night in county jail. According to police reports, Chain had in his home 188 photographs and videos of child erotica including an image of an adult man penetrating a naked girl infant.

The felony charge for possession of child pornography is a maximum of three years in state prison. But, Persky sentenced Chain to only four nights in the county prison since he allowed himself to be persuaded by Chain’s attorney to consider ruling the crime as a misdemeanor. For comparison’s sake, in Santa Clara County, similar defendants were sentenced at least six months in jail by other judges.

CBS reported that Persky is being pressured to reconsider his ruling when Chain reappears in court on August 25. Whether or not Chain will receive a felony conviction is unknown at this point, but he will remain on the sex offender list no matter what.

The movement to recall Persky continues, while Santa Clara County offer him opportunities to redeem himself. His history of letting first time offenders off the hook so easily should not be permitted to repeat itself. 

 

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