Former College Professor Sentenced for Possessing Child Pornography
CINCINNATI – Holt Parker, 59, of Cincinnati, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 48 months in prison, 15 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $40,000 fine for possession of child pornography, admitting that he attempted to destroy a thumb drive containing nearly 1,000 video files, the majority of which depicted child pornography that he had downloaded from the Internet.
Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Angela L. Byers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Field Division announced the sentence handed down yesterday afternoon by U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Black.
According to court documents, FBI agents executed a search warrant at his home in the Clifton neighborhood on March 15, 2016. Agents seized a laptop computer and a damaged thumb drive. Parker told agents that when he realized law enforcement officers were searching his house, he attempted to destroy the thumb drive because he had recently downloaded hundreds of images and videos of child pornography. Forensic analysis confirmed that the drive contained video files and images, including an image of an infant.
Parker pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography in October.
“Child pornography is not a victimless crime,” U.S. Attorney Glassman said. “These are real children being abused and possessing such explicit material will have real consequences in the court of law.”
U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the cooperative investigation by the FBI, as well as Assistant United States Attorney Kyle Healey, who is representing the United States in this case.