Defendant In Child Porn Case Receives 9-Month Sentence

  • 11/22/2017 5:07:07 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - After pleading guilty to 10 charges out of a possible 35 charges relating to child pornography in October, 32-year-old Nicholas S. Jernigan received his sentencing on Wednesday.

Jernigan and his attorney read a handwritten letter before the official sentencing, begging to only receive community control.

"Give me a chance to prove that I'm the man that I am," Jernigan pleaded, explaining that he's recently become a father and wants to see his child's first Christmas.

He then went on to say that he had visited several websites out of "boredom" and that he had stumbled across the images while browsing "the dark web". The definition of the "dark web" is "web content that requires specific software to access" and is not indexed by search engines such as Google or Yahoo. Jernigan's reasoning for visiting the "dark web" was that he was in search of "newer technology" not available to him, possibly alluding to software piracy.

The prosecution posited that Jernigan should receive a prison sentence - which could have been up to a maximum of fifteen years - and pointed out that the defendant's hard drive was filled with over 100,000 photos and over 300 videos of various pornographic content.

Judge Brent Robinson decided that Jernigan would receive a split sentencing, consisting of a nine-month prison sentence on count one, with an additional sentence of five years of community control on counts 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15. Jernigan was taken into custody after the court sentencing. 

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