Judge considers $2M restitution in child porn case - Copyright Trolling Child Porn Sex Offenders.
A federal judge in Kansas has been asked to award three child pornography victims more than $2 million in restitution for losses they suffered as a result of their explicit images being spread across the Internet.
But recent court rulings, including one last week by the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Denver, have raised questions about how much an offender can be forced to reimburse victims if the government cannot prove specifically how much harm the violator caused by downloading the images.
Brandon Hollister, 32, of Horton, Kan., pleaded guilty last year to distributing child porn and was sentenced Monday to five years in federal prison. U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom also asked the judge to order Hollister to reimburse victims, who said being sexually exploited as children left them with permanent mental, emotional and psychological damage.
Prosecutors cited more than 300 orders for restitution already made to the same victims whose images were found on the computers of other defendants.