Child porn gets Juneau man over 21 years in prison

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) Jim Wayne Thornhill was convicted at trial in October on charges of sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography.

Thornhill had a prior sexual abuse of a child conviction in Ketchikan. 

Assistant US Attorney Jack Schmidt asked for 40 years behind bars.  He said Thornhill posed a danger to the community.  "He has shown a pattern of conduct.  It was a sexual fantasy for him.  It is clear he is a sexual predator of children."

Schmidt said Thornhill posed a risk to the community.  He said after Thornhill was released from prison he intentionally rode city buses and visited coffee houses and places he knew where children congregated.

"Nothing was going to stop or change him.  He is a pedofile who goes looking for victims," he added.

He said it was just a matter of time before Thornhill would have victimized another child.

The defense argued that Thornhill himself had been sexually molested as a child and was riding buses because he was homeless and wanted to stay warm.

The actual sentence was for 262 months, with life on supervised release. 

Thornhill said he admitted what he has done and that he has a problem.  He said he didn't want to be in prison.  "Don't give up on me.  I can say I'm proud of my victim  (The victim) had the guts to stand up and say no more.  I don't want to re-offend.  I don't want this life."

Thornhill said he would complete treatment if given the chance.  "I was on a bus staying warming.  I just wasn't wandering around aimlessly saying la de da."

U.S District Judge Timothy Burgess said Thornhill had a long term horrific track record and he worried about the safety of the community, "I have to protect the public from future crimes.  You lied to the FBI.  You don't make good choices."

 

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