Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Fox News Producer Aaron Bruns Senteced to 10 years for Possessing of Child Porn

Aaron Bruns, the ex-Fox News producer who pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography, was sentenced to 10 years in prison today by a federal judge. That's 10 more years than an NPR producer got last week for the same crime.

Bruns, a former Fox News "campaign embed" with Hillary Clinton's campaign, was arrested in January and fired from Fox in short order. He described himself in sentencing documents as having been addicted to pornography since he was a teenager.

The sentence is a sharp contrast to the case of David Malakoff, who was sentenced—like Bruns, by a federal district judge in Washington, D.C.—to probation, a fine, and community service last week for possessing kiddie porn. According to a spokesman for the U.S, Attorney's office in Washington, Bruns' sentence was mandatory because he had previously been convicted of child pornography in Michigan, and under federal sentencing guidelines, a prior offense requires a minimum of 10 years.

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