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Milwaukee man sentenced to 19 years on child porn, drug charges

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee man who police consider a person of interest in the disappearance of his girlfriend was sentenced Friday to 19 years in prison for child pornography and keeping a drug house.

A jury convicted Kris Zocco, 40, of the child porn charges in November, and he pleaded guilty to the drug charges in December.

While both sets of charges resulted from the investigation into the 2013 disappearance of Kelly Dwyer, Zocco has not been charged with any crime for her disappearance. She remains missing.

Dwyer’s family and friends attended the hearing, wearing white ribbons that read “Bring KELLY Home,” but said little afterward, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Prosecutors sought a sentence of nearly 50 years. The mandatory minimum was three years in prison.

Judge Daniel Konkol said the state seemed to be recommending a life sentence.

“He’s not even charged with homicide, and this court is not sentencing him for homicide,” the judge said.

Dwyer was last seen Oct. 11, 2013, on surveillance video entering Zocco’s apartment. She failed to show up at work the next day. Zocco told investigators he and Dwyer had purchased and used cocaine together at his apartment the evening of Oct. 10 and that he had nothing to do with her disappearance.

Zocco’s attorney said his client had no knowledge that the child porn was on the computer storage devices investigators seized while investigating Dwyer’s disappearance. The defense argued that because Zocco worked in information technology, he had lots of extra digital storage devices around from his work servicing other people’s computers.

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  1. While not condoning the alleged behaviors in this news report, do people generally have a rational understanding of the nature and objective effects of “child pornography,” or are their views colored by ignorance, superstition, hate, and hysteria? According to several studies, including Howitt, D (1995) Pornography and the paedophile: Is it criminogenic? British Journal of Medical Psychology, 68, 15-27, the viewing of this material is harmless and does not lead to behaviors which are currently considered to be criminal. Many – perhaps most – of those charged with possessing and viewing so-called “child pornography” have never been involved with a child. Also, the conjecture that all “pornography” is taken without consent is not borne out by empirical facts, and the delusion that children are hurt every time their image is viewed simply is not rational – the child most likely never knows about such viewings. For an in depth discussion of this subject in a scientific journal, see http://www.shfri.net/effects/effects.cgi

    For a free downloadable 94 page book on these issues which includes voluntary anonymous testimony from now grown former child “actors,” see http://www.shfri.net/shfp/beyond/beyond.html

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