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U.S. trucker was caught possessing child porn

An American truck driver has been sentenced to two years in jail after being caught crossing the border at Beaver Creek with more than 100 images of child pornography.

By Ashley Joannou on November 19, 2012 at 3:56 pm

An American truck driver has been sentenced to two years in jail after being caught crossing the border at Beaver Creek with more than 100 images of child pornography.

Earlier this month, Aaron Finn, a 56-year-old from Oregon, pleaded guilty to one count of importing child pornography.

Finn was arrested last June when he was returning from Alaska to the Lower 48. He was stopped with his truck and trailer for inspection at the Beaver Creek boarder crossing.

In his decision released today, territorial judge John Faulkner said a border services officer noted that Finn had travelled extensively in the Philippines and other Asian countries which are considered high-risk countries for sex tourism.

The agent found two laptops in Finn’s truck.

One computer contained more than 100 images of child pornography and seven videos.

The images included children posing naked as well as sexual activities with adult males and bestiality.

The youngest victim appeared to be about one year old, the judge said.

Most of the images depicted young girls from three to 12 years old exposing themselves or masturbating.

Others show pre-teen girls engaging in sexual contact with each other and with adult males.

“There apparently were also other images of a male believed to be Mr. Finn engaged in sexual acts with young-looking teen Asian girls. However, the age of these females cannot be determined with precision, and, as such, it cannot be proved that these images constitute child pornography,” the judge said.

“It should be noted that the offender advised the probation officer preparing the pre-sentence report that he is in a relationship with a 19-year-old Filipino girl who has borne him a child. It may be that this is the female depicted in some of all of these photographs; I do not know.”

As for the images that do constitute child pornography, it is not alleged that Finn appears in any of those photos, Faulkner said.

Other images were created using a computer program, one of which depicts a young girl being raped.

The judge noted that there is no indication that Finn had shared or marketed any of the images.

“It appears that this importation occurred primarily because the road from Alaska goes through Canada. There is no indication that he intended to do more than proceed through this country to the U.S. with his computer in tow.”

On the second computer’s hard drive, investigators found child pornography in the form of archived webpages.

The webpages contained hundreds of child pornographic images per page involving male and female children and toddlers and in some cases adult males.

The two-year sentence imposed by the judge matches the length of jail time that was sought by the prosecutor.

Finn’s lawyer, Andre Roothman, had been seeking 18 months.

Roothman pointed out that his client could face additional charges once he returns to the U.S.

Finn will be deported as soon as he is released from custody here.

With credit for time he has already served in jail, Finn has approximately 16 1/2 months left in his sentence.

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June Jackson

Nov 19, 2012 at 9:53 pm

I despise anyone type of child abuse..sexual abuse is especially heinous.  Toddlers? one year olds? 
I can’t understand why we let child predators live.

LS

Nov 20, 2012 at 10:55 am

I say, get rid of that garbage out of our country.

AC

Nov 22, 2012 at 12:40 am

I have never responded to anything I have been upset by or felt I should in the past but…In response to LS, I don’t feel that “getting that garbage out of our country” is going to help any of these poor violated children. These people should be getting life terms. We need to fix the system, not just hide the flaws by “getting rid” of problems we don’t want to have to deal with. Shame on the system.

LS

Nov 22, 2012 at 4:04 pm

I so truly agree.  I never respond to anything but this upsets me so, no matter what I voice it would not matter.  I do not believe hiding the flaws ever!.  Send him back to where he came from and hope justice will take hold.  Hats off the officer that caught him.  Thank God!

Yukon Hootch

Nov 22, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Keep your trash USA.

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