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Carbon man gets prison term for having child pornography

Published February 26. 2014 05:01PM

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a county prison term Tuesday morning on child pornography and related offenses.

Sean Matthew Hill, 28, of Jim Thorpe, was sentenced by Carbon Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve a total one day less 12 months to one day less 24 months in the county prison, followed by one year of probation. Hill previously pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual abuse of a child and one count of child pornography.

Hill was arrested by the Attorney General's office following an Internet operation seeking out persons transmitting child pornography.

Officials said Hill was found to have a computer depicting children involved in sexual acts. He then transmitted those images to another individual. He also used the computer to distribute the videos of the children in the sexual acts.

He was originally charged with disseminating photos/film of children sex acts, child pornography, and criminal use of a communication device.

Serfass was told that after Hill was arrested by agents of the AG office he admitted his wrong doing and cooperated with authorities from the start.

Hill also said he realized the crimes he committed were not victimless. He admitted that what he did was wrong.

He read from a prepared statement that he has sought out counseling for his problem and continues with counseling. He said he was remorseful for what he did.

He said, "I let my family down, my friends, and my two children." He added, "I fully understand how I hurt people."

Several character witnesses were called on behalf of Hill including his parents, his girlfriend, and his employer.

Attorney Christopher J. Jones, who prosecuted the case for AG's office, said Hill cooperated with authorities. He also said it was important that Hill recognized that these types of crimes are not victimless.

Serfass said the case was troubling for the court because of the nature of the offenses.

"This is a sick and perverse crime," Serfass said.

He also said the actions of Hill, from all the information provided in a presentence investigation report prepared by the adult probation office and from witnesses and other reports, indicate the incident was out of character for the defendant.

But he added that Hill had to be punished for his actions.

Because the crime involves the use of computers and that Hill's current employment involves extensive use of computers, an agreement was struck between the prosecution and defense.

Before Hill can return to work there must be software found that can be installed on computers he uses at work that can be monitored by the adult probation office to make sure he does not get involved in such activity again. The cost of the programming must be paid by Hill, Serfass said.

Additionally, Hill underwent an evaluation by the state sexual offense assessment board which determined he was not a violent sexual predator.

Serfass ordered Hill to continue his counseling, supply a DNA sample, submit to a sexual offenders evaluation, render 150 hours of community service when released on parole, pay court costs, which average about $1,000, pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on parole, and under the provisions of Megan's Law, he must register as a sexual offender for the rest of his life.

He will begin his jail term at 9 a.m. on March 9. No work release was granted. Serfass said Hill may apply for work release privileges later after the proper computer software is installed as per the agreement previously mentioned.

He was given credit for two days spent in jail on the charges.

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