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Johnson City man sentenced to nine years in child porn case

November 8th, 2013 8:48 pm by Matthew Lane

Johnson City man sentenced to nine years in child porn case

KINGSPORT — A Johnson City man has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison after law enforcement discovered more than 400 images and 50 videos of child pornography on his computer, including 21 known videos of child rape.

Jonathan Bashor appeared in U.S. District Court in Greeneville on Monday and received the 108-month prison sentence. Bashor had been indicted in June on charges of receipt and possession of child pornography and in August agreed to plead guilty to the possession charge.

Bashor faced a maximum prison sentence of 120 months. Prosecutors recommended 82 months; the defense 96 months.

According to court records, law enforcement officials discovered Bashor’s child pornography when a well-known child pornography website was taken down. Federal agents arrived at Bashor’s residence with a search warrant in November 2011 and discovered the child pornography on his computers and on a flash drive.

In all, Bashor had 478 images and 50 videos, including 21 known series of child rape, court records state.

Bashor admitted his involvement in possessing child pornography, expressing remorse for his behavior and immediately admitting to having viewed child pornography, the sentencing memorandum points out. Bashor has no criminal history or history of violence, no evidence of sexually contacting or attempting to sexually contact a child, the memorandum further states.

However, federal prosecutors say it is unclear whether Bashor comprehends the tremendous harm that child porn inflicts on children and society.

Bashor’s mother, older brother, sister-in-law and the mother of his oldest child all wrote letters to the court asking for leniency. The relatives describe Bashor as a caring father, a kind, hardworking young man, and not a danger to society.

The sentencing memorandum says Bashor worked at Applebee’s in Johnson City and was a “sound man” for various local bands.

In a letter to the court, Bashor writes his behavior was disgusting, wrong and unforgivable. He said he does not want to see his two children grow up from prison.

“Please give me a chance to prove myself,” he wrote. “I just want this nightmare to be over.” 


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