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Coastside man sentenced for child porn
August 20, 2014, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

Christopher O’Donnell

A Half Moon Bay man who allegedly possessed binders and a computer containing thousands of images and 200 videos of child pornography was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison and ordered to register as a sex offender.

Christopher Mordaunt O’Donnell, 70, pleaded no contest in June to one felony count of child pornography possession rather than face a jury. Under the terms of the deal, he faced up to three years in prison. Prosecutors had sought a flat three-year term.

He has credit of 405 days against the term and must serve 50 percent of the remainder.

The FBI arrested O’Donnell in July 2012 after finding his numerous posts on an online message board focused on child pornography. Agents determined that he was accessing the message board from his Half Moon Bay home Internet service which led to the search of his home. Agents reported finding the binders with 2,500 illegal images and hundreds of videos, according to prosecutors.

Despite the multiple photos and footage, California law only allows a person to be charged with one count per reported incident which in O’Donnell’s case was July 13, 2012.

O’Donnell has a prior conviction about two decades ago for a similar crime, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

He has been in custody in lieu of $100,000 bail.

michelle@smdailyjournal.com

(650) 344-5200 ext. 102

 

 

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