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Pulaski man sentenced for child porn

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

A 29-year-old Pulaski man will serve nearly three years of a 14-year prison sentence after pleading no contest to possessing child pornography.

Charles Michael Capretta of Dora Highway was charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography after officials with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force traced downloads to a residence on Dora Highway in 2011, said Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Justin L. Griffith.

Griffith said Pulaski Police Department executed a search warrant at the residence and seized Capretta’s computer. An analysis of the computer’s contents revealed videos and photographs of people less than 18 years of age engaged in various sexual acts, he noted.

By pleading no contest to the charges, Capretta was acknowledging the prosecution’s evidence is sufficient for a finding of guilt.

Judge Marcus Long Jr. accepted Capretta’s pleas and pronounced him guilty of all charges.

Under an agreement with prosecutors, Capretta was sentenced to five years on one count, with all but two years, 10 months suspended. He was sentenced to one year on each of the remaining nine charges. With all sentences to run consecutively, Capretta ended up with a total sentence of 14 years, with all but the two years, 10 months suspended.

Capretta will be placed on three years probation upon release from custody and he also is required to register as a convicted sex offender.

 

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46 Responses to Pulaski man sentenced for child porn

  1. carol

    March 8, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Nooooo justice for victims in virginia anymore.Judge was too light on his sentence. What would the judge have done if it was his kids or grandkids that where involved? I dont respect any laws or judges.

  2. Carol

    March 8, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    No justice for victims anymore judge was way to easy on his sentence I Have no respect for laws or judges anyway this proves my point duh

  3. Va Girl

    March 11, 2013 at 10:12 am

    So he gets out in 3 yrs. to go right, back to his previous lifestyle. Sad. Wonder if the children who were violated will forget their trauma in only 3 yrs?

  4. teresa

    March 12, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Get your facts straigth,the paper said he was looking @ it on line.there was know children being violated.

    • Va Girl

      March 12, 2013 at 10:54 am

      Our facts are straight. If he was looking at child porn a child was violated (DUH). 99% of the time folks who engage in Internet pornography have already or are currently abusing. Even if they are not doing so YET…they are helping out the child porn industry by their involvement. If there was no market for it it would not be out their to view. Get your fact straight. Seems you’re on the side of the child molester. Very, interesting….

    • Cathy

      March 12, 2013 at 11:16 am

      Really? You don’t believe that the children he viewed were violated? This man’s actions are indefensible yet there is always a woman willing to try.

  5. country_girl13

    March 12, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Either way NO ONE has a RIGHT to JUDGE anyone but the good man up above. Just because a paper says something, does not mean ALL of the facts are there. Do you know this man or any of the information retrieved from his computer? No you don’t! How do you not know any of the REAL facts before blabbing off at the mouth?1? At times like these this is where no one has the right to sit back & judge anyone for any reason but that’s all the world does nowadays & that’s why it is the way it is. I personally know this man & with my whole heart DO NOT BELIEVE he done this & nothing will change that matter either. Next time you go to judge someone think of others that is paying because of ones mistakes. You don’t know who was involved & who will pay for this, so please atleast consider innocent peoples feelings before commenting on things you just read about & don’t know the individual personally or the facts personally!!

    • Cathy

      March 13, 2013 at 11:32 am

      You seem to be a bit confused on the defintion of judgement. There are different types. One type is the expression of opinions, which we all have the right to… any time, any place and on any subject. Another type is legal. Only the judicial system has this right and it has in no way been attempted here, in this forum. Another type of judgement is Religious. This is God’s area and ends with either wonderful rewards or damnation. Again, this has not been attempted here. So yes, country girl13, I do have the right to judge. In fact, you too are judging him, you just have a different opinion.

      • country_girl13

        May 11, 2013 at 10:47 am

        For Kathy, yes I too am judging him because I PERSONALLY KNOW HIM & believe he is not that type of man. Was you in the courtroom & hear anything that was said? Do you know if it were a small child or a 17 year old that’s almost of age? No point in arguing with ignorance!

    • Va Girl

      March 14, 2013 at 9:59 am

      Hmmm…teresa? You using 2 different names to post in here? How many times have we read articles where family and friends of a person caught doing something terrible will say: “we never saw this coming”…”they were always so wonderful”….”they would never do something like this”….”I cannot/will not believe they did this”. This type of response is heard ALL the time. You actually believe a child molester would broadcast their habits? The BTK killer was an “outstanding” and “well liked” person in his community. Many neighbors couldn’t believe he was a mass murderer either (yet he admit it in the end). Get you head out of the clouds…or where ever you have it planted.

    • david

      March 16, 2013 at 10:14 pm

      I have been gone awhile awaiting outcome on the counselor who stole 50G’s from the high school, but I come back and yet again I see another reference to “no one can judge but the man above.”I’m assuming in this instance at least for now you haven’t had any run ins with the law either good or bad that require THE LAW to pass JUDGMENT from a jury OF PEERS that has been established from the U.S CONSTITUTION to do……what…..pass JUDGEMENT. it seems Pulaski resident are eager to use religion as a means to escape the truth. Religion and Law do not mix and the two should be seperated.regardless if you believe that no one can pass JUDGMENT I think you are going to be a little upset when he goes to prison. I think you also believe that a preponderance of evidence will convict the guilty. Guess what….judgment.

  6. Carol

    March 13, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    We shall c whats happens but his computer was taken soo seems to me alll evidence is in, can I get a amen?

  7. Teresa

    March 13, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Wont you plz stop talking about this family,they are hhaving it hard enough as it is & your little comments does not help this famiy one bit.i get the crime times every week so what is the judge gonna do to them lets see if he make front page news,but they all dontso plz go on to something elseok he is in jail,&if there is a next time lets see if that man makes front page news ,just think of his kids they no how 2 use the computer.

    • cat

      March 22, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      The person who should have been concerned about his family was him.

  8. Valorie

    March 14, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    I have a comment think about this mans family and drop it don’t you think they have been through enough and before you ask no I’m not Teresa, Va Girl seems as if you have no concern for this mans family haven’t they been through enough already they are the innocent ones here so while your having your little say so here can you stop and think about the family who has been through enough already and just drop it

    • Va Girl

      March 15, 2013 at 9:02 am

      Valorie, seems to me you assume too much. Funny you are NOT ok with us posting our opinions because you think they are wrong. But you are 100% wrong about your opinion of me and are ok with it. Interesting.

      If he did this and they stand behind his punishment (although I’m sure they would still love him), then I too would support that. If he’s found guilty and they refuse to believe it and protest…I have no pity in that situation.

  9. Carol

    March 15, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Word go girl

  10. Gret

    March 24, 2013 at 6:41 am

    This is awful and wrong at any level. This goes alot deeper than humans looking at child porn from the Internet. Why are under age children on the Internet for porn anyway? Sentence those who put it out there to look at anyway!

    Shame, Shame!

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