Army vet sentenced on child porn possession charge


A 68 year old Vietnam veteran who has been awarded the Purple Heart was today punished for possession of child pornography.

James Braun received a sentence of five years and three months behind bars, despite arguments that there was “no purpose or value to incarceration.”

Braun moved to the South Bend area in 2009 after he was forced to retire from his Department of Defense accounting job of 27 years.

Braun suffered medical problems and went bankrupt—the kind of “stressers” that apparently lead him to go searching for new friends on Facebook.

At a sentencing hearing in U.S. District Court in South Bend today, the defense admitted that the pictures found on Braun’s computer were terrible, but that all Braun did was look at them.

It was argued that Braun did not produce child pornography, nor did he buy or sell it. Nor did Braun attempt to have actual sexual contact with minors.

Braun has been married for 39 years. Last month, his wife expressed her continuing support for her husband to News Center 16.

Braun has a host of medical problems ranging from Glaucoma to Fibromyalgia.
The defense argued that Braun himself found some of the pictures “disgusting,” and that he had erased the photos before police ever came to search his house. The defense contends that the images had to be recovered from Braun’s hard drive.

The prosecution offered its own version of events, saying that a flash drive containing pornographic pictures fell out of Braun’s pocket during the search and was picked up by police.

In the end, the judge sentenced Braun to serve 63 months behind bars, which was at the low end of the federal sentencing guidelines. The possession of child pornography charge could have produced a maximum sentence of 10 years.


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