Audacious child pornographer caught printing porn at the KC Library will be going away for a long time

Just the other day, I was telling a story from back in the early days of the Internet, when I was but a tween, or perhaps a young teen, attempting to print some sexy photos that I had downloaded on the family computer. By today’s standards, these photos would rate as quaint, but in my memory they were very titillating. You know what? Let’s just say it ended poorly and leave it at that. Shouldn’t have brought it up in the first place. Moving along. 

In 2010 — well into the era of smartphones and video streaming and Cloud-based storage and other technological advances that have made the consumption of pornography on paper nearly obsolete — Donald T. Paris, now 28, was apprehended at the Kansas City Public Library for trying to print off pornography on one of the computers there. This would be kind of a funny story if it was regular pornography, but it is instead a dark story because it was child pornography. 

Last month, Paris was found guilty of one count of producing child pornography, one count of receiving child pornography over the Internet, one count of transporting child pornography over the Internet, and one count of possessing child pornography.

He was sentenced yesterday. Under federal statutes, Paris was subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison without parole, and up to 80 years in federal prison without parole.

The judge gave Paris 40 years, no parole.  

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