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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. karen

    March 27, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Gret gets an A M E N !!!!!!!

  2. Mo

    March 28, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    We are all,each and everyone of us entitled to our opinion. Mine is that any adult that gets off lookin at or doin things to children are sick individuals. Judgement and opinions are different things. Reguardless, Karma will kick in, and what goes around,comes around. Do bad things and bad things will be what you get back. Good will be rewarded. Neither usually happen as quickly as we’d like to see them happen, but happen it will. Both good and bad. Someone abuses my children in this way, they just need to go ahead and get a cell ready for me. I know it’s not my place to pass judgement on the wrong that had been done,but bet your bottom dollar,I’d kill em or do my best to make em wish they were dead. Innocent children are the victims here. These things happening to them will 9 times outa 10 have a bearing on them turning into this same kind of person. So,so sad. Those poor babies.

  3. Stop and think about it

    March 29, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    So this guy had naked pictures of teenagers? And we’re going to make it serve 14 years with all but 3 suspended? I’m no trying to defend this guy, but thinking to myself, isn’t that a whole lot of punishment for downloading a naughty picture? He didn’t even produce the picture himself. Isn’t that like punishing low level drug users as if they were the ones manufacturing the stuff?

    • cat

      April 1, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      Like the low level drug user, without his part in the system the pusher, (or pornographer) would haven no market. So yes, he should be harshly punished. Children are harmed beyond repair and he gets 3 years? That is the problem, he is slapped on the wrist and sent back to start all over again.

      • Southwest Reader

        April 4, 2013 at 12:10 pm

        Yes I agree that if you harm a child for life you should get more than 3 years, But from what the article says, he only downloaded some pictures, possibly even just one picture. How does that scar a child for life? The person who actually produced the photo is who scarred the child for life.

        In my opinion, child pronography should hold a different punishment if the child is over or under a certain age like 13 or maybe 16. I just think that is reasonable because many older teenagers look like they are over 18 years old and in a situation like that it is not nearly as creepy as when you’re holdin a picture of a 5 year old in your possession.

        Alot of women and some men don’t understand why people look at pornography. It’s not wierd to look at pornography, it’s actually something that many men do. Possibly even a majority of American men do it, but I don’t have the actual statistics in front of me. My point is that pronography is natural. Child pronography is not. But there should be a line where the punishment changes at some point in there to make sense to me.

        • Ok

          April 4, 2013 at 2:43 pm

          His role is that he is the market for it, which to me makes him just as guilty. I do not see your logic in saying there should be a different punishment just because a child looks older or is a teenager. If you do the research on these kids, or meet a few that have been damaged by it, or read the studies showing the progression of sexual abusers,you might change your opinion.

    • Crazy

      April 3, 2013 at 11:48 am

      Try to think about men who rape little kids, most of them do not start off doing the actual crime. It usually starts like this perv and escalades from there. I would much rather see this creep in prison than a drug user who is only harming themselves. Maybe you stop and think about it!

      • Southwest Reader

        April 4, 2013 at 12:14 pm

        Under your logic, motorists who break the speed limit are likely to drive recklessly in the future so we should go ahead a punish them for speeding with a punishment more suitable for reckless driving. Your argument is silly to me. You’re saying pornography leads to rape? That is a laughable statement. That is not true. It’s about as true as saying marijuana leads to harder drugs. It’s completely false.

        • Ok

          April 4, 2013 at 2:45 pm

          It is not laughable. Study the research.

    • Ok

      April 4, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      I don’t see where it says they were teenagers. It just says under 18. And it says pictures (plural) and videos of sex acts, it doesn’t say of what nature, but that shouldn’t matter because THEY WERE UNDER 18.

  4. ally

    April 2, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    see, these are the people who should have no sympathy on them. That’s sick and wrong and weird. He should serve all 14 years in my opinion. I dont understand the law anymore, a person who gets caught with marijuana can serve more years than a sex offender who is getting off to child pornography? what in the world? I dont even understand how people can think this is alright and have concern for him. he shouldn’t have been doing something like this and maybe this wouldnt have happened? he deserves everything thats comin his way.

  5. Southwest Reader

    April 4, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Under child pornography laws in Virginia, if a 17 1/2 year old woman sends her 21 year old fiancé a picture of herself half clothed then she is guilty of manufacturing child pornography and could face years if not decades in prison.

    This is a perfect example of a law with horrible unintended consequences. State politicians can’t even mention their desire to fix this law without being a target of a holy crusade in the same of “saving the children”. When grown adults take hard line positions against crimes like this and throw aside all reason and logic, even our elected officials are tied up in a knot unable to do anything to fix it. People have got to be more reasonable and ask yourself if you would feel like the law was fair if it was being applied to YOU.

    • Ok

      April 4, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      No, what you need to ask is, will this law be applied to me if I commit the crime? If so, DON’T DO IT!

    • Ok

      April 4, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      Also, a 21 year old has not business dating a 17 year old in the first place.

      • Southwest Reader

        April 4, 2013 at 4:14 pm

        I think that 2 individuals dating with 3 and 1/2 years difference in age is 100% fine and normal is our society. As a matter of fact, I am 7 years older than my girlfriend. She will turn 21 next month.

    • Ron

      April 4, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      You are exactly right Southwest Reader. There is a huge difference between a 17 1/2 year old young adult and a 5 year old child.

  6. live free

    April 27, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    too many laws,this is a free country as long as you dont hurt anyone you should not be charged. looking at child porn is wrong he is sick but he should not go to jail for it.I beleive in freedom the goverment is trying to take it away.

  7. John

    May 8, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Really live free? If you are going to try and use this as a platform for politics, at least put together actual sentences. A huge thank you to those involved with catching this guy! Each time our police forces gets one of these idiots off of our streets, it is a win.
    I do feel that he should have served a bulk of the sentence, and the law does seem too relaxed when it comes to crime this day and age, but that’s to no fault of our police force.
    Keep catching criminals. It may leave our town with only 100 actual citizens(or less), but those of us who actually care about living a decent life will continue to thank you for it.

  8. Anon1

    May 24, 2013 at 8:44 am

    live free: do you really believe that he should not go to jail? What are you doing? If he is sick enough to look at child pornography he is sick enough to do something irreversible to a child. These people need to be locked away from children and never be allowed to be around another one again!

  9. Reader of The Southwest Times

    May 24, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Regardless if he made the pornography or not they are still children and someone had to make it, so these children are still being hurt and it is wrong and ILLEGAL so punish him to the fullest extent of the law!

  10. Pulaski Res

    June 13, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Any adult man that gets “kicks” from watching chidren being exploited or abused are disgusting. Yes, it’s possible to accidentally click on a link but I believe they would have had to have several views (actually it said downloaded which I assume is for future viewing) of child pornography before he was charged and convicted. If anyone thinks this is normal also has a mental issue and might consider being evaluated. This is sick.

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