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Former CEO Gets 15 Months Prison for Computer Child Porn

Reuters News Wire (
Sun, 17 Dec 2006 00:46:03 -0600

A former chief executive of a financial printing firm was sentenced on
Friday to 15 months in prison for possessing child porn and erasing
thousands of seedy computer files when he learned he was under

Robert Johnson, 61, downloaded the pornography onto a company computer
while chief executive officer of Bowne & Co. Inc. He pleaded guilty to
possessing at least two child porn images in August.

Johnson, who had been publisher of Long Island's Newsday from 1986 to
1994, resigned from Bowne & Co. and gave up his seat on New York
state's education board in July 2004 when learning of the

Johnson, who also admitted using a computer program called "Evidence
Eliminator" to destroy the hard drives on the company computer, made a
tearful plea to U.S. District Judge Richard Howell, saying the
pressure of being Bowne's CEO caused him to become severely depressed.

"I decided to escape," said Johnson, whose lawyer said he logged onto
child pornography Web sites late at night from his office computer and
was alleged by federal authorities to have downloaded a movie called
"Real Child Rape."

"I decided to go to fantasy because reality was too much to bear," he said.

Howell, who said Johnson took part in a "detestable subculture," also
noted his history of community service as a reason for the sentence of
15 months prison that was less than what federal prosecutors
wanted. The judge also fined Johnson $50,000.

Johnson will also have to undergo a sex-offender treatment program.

Copyright 2006 Reuters Limited.

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