Thursday, March 29, 2012

Nonprofit Director Sentenced In Child Porn Case

The founder and former director of a San Francisco, Calif.-based nonprofit was sentenced to six years in prison for possession of child porn. He will begin serving his sentence on May 8.

Anthony Josef Morris, who was the head of Kids Serve Youth Murals, was also ordered to pay $6,500 in restitution by U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg, according to Mill Valley Patch. That money will be distributed among the victims identified in Norris's collection. He pleaded guilty in November to one count of possession of child pornography.

U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said that during his plea, Norris admitted to possessing more than 600 images on his computer of kids engaging in sexual acts with adults. These included horrific images of children being subjected to sexual assault. Norris was arrested in June of last year, in a story that was reported by NPTtv, after FBI agents discovered he had posted some of his images online. Those postings were then traced back to Norris's home computer.

Even more disturbing, San Francisco United School District officials said they found other offensive images hidden in tiles in at least three of the murals his organization created for schools and other sites across the city. Those images were quickly removed by the school district.

You can read the full story in Mill Valley Patch.

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