Federal Defendant Sentenced to Probation for Possession of Child Pornography

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Only the Second Time in Kansas Federal Court | Joseph Hollander and Craft LLC.

On January 30, 2013, a federal judge in Kansas sentenced a defendant to five years’ probation (United States v. Rhoads, District of Kansas Case 5:12-cr-40078-JAR). Why was this sentence unusual? Because the defendant was convicted of possessing child pornography, a crime that almost always results in a lengthy prison sentence.

According to the Federal Defenders’ Office, this was only the second time that a federal defendant has not gone to prison after being convicted of possession of child pornography in the District of Kansas. It was the 68th time it had happened in any federal court in the country.

The defendant’s attorney, Christopher Joseph of Topeka, attributes the outcome to effective sentencing strategy, his client’s youth, and his client’s willingness to accept responsibility for his conduct.

If you need help defending charges of possession, receipt, or distribution of child pornography, contact federal criminal defense attorney, Christopher Joseph, at his Topeka, Kansas, office by calling (785) 234-3272. You may also visit his law firm’s web site,

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