Child sex abuser receives 138-year sentence

“This is the worst case of sexual child abuse that I’ve seen in almost 14 years on the bench,” Circuit Judge Joseph Ochoa told Robinson. “I want to make sure, sir, that you are never able to injury anybody.”

A Salem man will spend the rest of his life in jail for convictions of eight counts of sexual abuse, partly as the result of a relatively new law enacted in Oregon.

Michael David Robinson, 35, received the 138-year sentence this week from Marion County Circuit Judge Joseph Ochoa.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Courtland Geyer, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office, said he did not know whether the sentence was the longest since the new law, known as “Jessica’s Law,” went into effect in April 2006.

The law lengthens mandatory sentences for offenders convicted of first-degree rape, sodomy or unlawful sexual penetration if the victim is younger than 12.

Under the law, the mandatory minimum sentence is 25 years.

“This is the worst case of sexual child abuse that I’ve seen in almost 14 years on the bench,” Ochoa said.

Deputy District Attorney Nicole Theobald prosecuted the case, which involved two young children known to Robinson.

Robinson pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree sodomy.

Four of the counts were for crimes committed after April 2006. Robinson’s first court appearance was Sept. 24, and he pleaded guilty Tuesday.

Robinson’s defense attorney Robert Botta had recommended a 25-year sentence.

Robinson received 100 months for the first count, 110 months for the second count, 120 months for the third count and 300 months each for the remaining counts.

“I want to make sure, sir, that you are never able to injury anybody,” Ochoa said to Robinson.

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Child sex abuser receives 138-year sentence

“This is the worst case of sexual child abuse that I’ve seen in almost 14 years on the bench,” Circuit Judge Joseph Ochoa told Robinson. “I want to make sure, sir, that you are never able to injury anybody.”

A Salem man will spend the rest of his life in jail for convictions of eight counts of sexual abuse, partly as the result of a relatively new law enacted in Oregon.

Michael David Robinson, 35, received the 138-year sentence this week from Marion County Circuit Judge Joseph Ochoa.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Courtland Geyer, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office, said he did not know whether the sentence was the longest since the new law, known as “Jessica’s Law,” went into effect in April 2006.

The law lengthens mandatory sentences for offenders convicted of first-degree rape, sodomy or unlawful sexual penetration if the victim is younger than 12.

Under the law, the mandatory minimum sentence is 25 years.

“This is the worst case of sexual child abuse that I’ve seen in almost 14 years on the bench,” Ochoa said.

Deputy District Attorney Nicole Theobald prosecuted the case, which involved two young children known to Robinson.

Robinson pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree sodomy.

Four of the counts were for crimes committed after April 2006. Robinson’s first court appearance was Sept. 24, and he pleaded guilty Tuesday.

Robinson’s defense attorney Robert Botta had recommended a 25-year sentence.

Robinson received 100 months for the first count, 110 months for the second count, 120 months for the third count and 300 months each for the remaining counts.

“I want to make sure, sir, that you are never able to injury anybody,” Ochoa said to Robinson.

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Strawbridge Sentenced For Child-Pornography

A member of a famed department store family has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison on a federal child pornography charge.

FBI agents say 63-year-old Steven Strawbridge Sr. was deleting images from his computer when they arrived at his house in Gladwyne in 2005. The agents still found more than 100 sexually explicit images.

Strawbridge was sentenced Wednesday to 57 months in prison. He is to report on Jan. 2.

More than 100 of Strawbridge’s friends crammed into a Philadelphia courtroom Wednesday. Some asked the judge to show leniency because of the family’s contributions to the city and its cultural institutions.

The judge says Strawbridge knew he was doing something wrong and should have sought professional help.

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Man admits making child pornography

A Tamaqua man has pleaded guilty to a federal production of child pornography charge that carries at least 15 years in prison.

John Levernier, 30, agreed in September to plead guilty to the charge, and on Nov. 19 appeared before Judge A. Richard Caputo in Scranton, who accepted the plea and set sentencing for Feb. 21.

Caputo can sentence Levernier to as much as 30 years in prison, fine him up to $250,000 and place him on supervised release for life after serving his jail time.

Martin C. Carlson, acting United States attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, said in a news release that Levernier admitted taking sexually explicit photographs of a girl, now 7, at least three times this year and last year.

State Trooper Eric Temarantz started the investigation this year after the victim’s mother photographed items she planned to sell on the Internet auction site eBay, uploaded them to a computer and saw images of her daughter in lingerie, naked and using an adult sex toy, according to the affidavit.

The mother contacted the county Children and Youth Services department, and police eventually joined the investigation after the girl said Levernier repeatedly sexually assaulted her.

Carbon County District Attorney Joseph Matika referred the part of the case that dealt with child pornography to federal prosecutors, and Levernier was indicted by a grand jury in July on charges of sexual exploitation of minors, receiving child pornography and possession of child pornography.

Matika referred that part of the case because federal sentencing guidelines are tougher.

Levernier still faces sexual assault charges in Carbon County. He has reached an agreement to plead guilty to aggravated indecent assault and endangering the welfare of children. He was supposed to enter the plea Nov. 15, but his court appearance was postponed because he’s being held in Lackawanna County Prison on the federal charge.

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