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Brooklyn Man Who Admitted To Possession Of Child Pornography Free After Five Days In Jail

| by Brendan Kelly

A Brooklyn, New York, judge gave a father who pleaded guilty to child pornography charges a jail sentence of just five days.

Eastern District Judge Jack Weinstein sentenced Raul Vasquez, a 52-year-old father, to five days in jail for watching and downloading child pornography, the New York Daily News reports. The jail time was already served in 2014, and the sentence also includes seven years of supervised release and a fine which has not been specified.

Weinstein released a 98-page explanation of his decision to give Vasquez a light sentence on Jan. 21.

“Removing [Vasquez] from his family will not further the interests of justice,” Weinstein wrote in his decision, according to the Daily News.

"It will cause serious harm to his young children by depriving them of a loving father and role model, and will strip [Vasquez] of the opportunity to heal through continued sustained treatment and the support of his close family," Weinstein added.

The father admitted to downloading and viewing images of men abusing girls as young as 3 years old, and he also confessed to participating in video chats with underage girls, the New York Post notes.

Vasquez pleaded guilty to possession of child porn in 2014. The maximum sentence for that crime is a prison term of 20 years.

The U.S. Court of Appeals has twice overturned Weinstein's child-porn sentences. The sentences were considered to be so low that they circumvented federal guidelines.

Sources: NY Daily NewsNew York Post / Photo Credit: Jesse Ward/NY Daily News, Brian Turner/Wikimedia

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