Saturday, November 6, 2010

NJ - Ex-NJ lawmaker Neil Cohen's child porn sentence: 5 years

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11/04/2010

TRENTON (AP) — A former state lawmaker who championed legislation fighting child pornography was sentenced Thursday to a five-year term for viewing nude images of underage girls.

Neil Cohen will serve the term either in prison or a mental hospital. The state Corrections Department will decide which venue. He could become eligible for release and be placed under intense supervision in several months.
- And the average person, would spend the time in prison and on the registry for life.

Appearing pale and unsteady, Cohen did not speak during sentencing. His lawyer told the judge the former assemblyman has been suicidal and has several mental health issues, including chronic depression. He has been hospitalized for months, according to the lawyer, Mark Tuohey.

Judge Gerald Council imposed sentence in Mercer County Superior Court.

"This is a sad day," the judge said. "But for this incident, he had an unblemished record."

Cohen pleaded guilty in April.

He served 17 years in the state Legislature as a Democrat representing Union County. He resigned following his arrest in July 2008.

The former lawmaker admitted viewing images of underaged girls on computers in his legislative office and law office.

Anthony Picione, the deputy attorney general who prosecuted the case, said 34 images of girls in various stages of undress were found on the computers. He said authorities have been able to match some of the images to photos on the list of Missing and Exploited Children.

The Attorney General's Office said in a press release that Cohen admitted printing copies of some images and placing the copies in the desk of a female receptionist in the legislative office.

Cohen must register as a sex offender under Megan's Law, and he'll be barred from holding public office. He's a lawyer and will likely be disbarred.


WA - Cop Accused of Sexual Abuse: Was He Railroaded?

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Like I've said many times, all it takes is a vindictive ex, or someone to accuse you of the crime, and you are screwed. They will almost always believe the kids, even if it's false.

11/05/2010

By NIKKI BATTISTE

[name withheld] Spent 20 Years in Prison for Rapes He Says He Did Not Commit

[name withheld], 62, says he is innocent of the crime that put him in prison for almost half his life -- the rape of his own young children 25 years ago.

"If you did this to your own children, you know, you deserve to be locked away," he said. But "I didn't do it and I wasn't going to admit it. You can either roll up in a ball and let life take you or you can just take what comes down the road and maintain integrity."

For twenty years, he fought to prove his innocence, uncovering shocking secrets and a police investigation that may have been tainted from the start, that would reveal the truth, and ultimately exonerate [name withheld].

'Arrogant' Cop, Devoted Dad

In the early 1980s, [name withheld] was a cop in Vancouver, Wash., where he was married with two young kids. [name withheld] had a reputation around town for being arrogant and for having a weakness for women. It was a weakness [name withheld] admittedly indulged and his wife painfully endured.

"It's not so much the rage and anger I had, but I didn't believe anything he ever said was the truth," his first wife DeAnne Spencer told "20/20."

DeAnne decided she had enough. The couple divorced in 1981 and she took their kids, Katie 2, and Matt, 5, and moved to Sacramento, Calif., to start a new life.

Alone, and separated from his children for months at a time, [name withheld] turned to Shirley Hansen for solace. Two years after his divorce, [name withheld] married Hansen, who had a three year old son of her own, whom they called "Little Matt."

Familiar with the signals children send out, Shirley was alarmed when [name withheld]'s daughter Katie, who was visiting during the summer of 1984, suggested she was being inappropriately fondled.

"Katie put her hands between her legs and told Shirley, 'My brother does this, my mom does this, my dad does this,'" [name withheld] recalled. "Now my assumption was that 'Daddy' was a boyfriend that [DeAnne] was dating."

[name withheld] immediately called Child Protection Services and the Sheriffs' departments in both Clark County, Wash., where he worked, and Sacramento, where his children lived with their mother. After a brief investigation, California authorities decided not to pursue the case. But Washington authorities decided that they would look into it.

[name withheld] was pleased the case was being explored, but he had no idea what lay ahead.



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