Opinion: Attorney General Joshua Shapiro misleads on child pornographer- offered deal, dropped over 70 charges

Opinion: Attorney General Joshua Shapiro misleads on child pornographer- offered deal, dropped over 70 charges

Earlier today, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro boasted of his intolerance for child predators saying:

When we found out that a Westmoreland man was possessing + distributing child pornography, we went after him.

Now: He’s been sentenced to 25-50 yrs in prison on felony charges.

Since assuming office, I’ve made it a chief priority to target sexual offenders who prey upon the children of this Commonwealth.

Shapiro failed to give credit to the defendant in the case, Joshua Pottles of New Kensington, Pennsylvania. Pottle insisted on representing himself and Pottle took the case all the way to a jury. Pottles was found guilty. 

The Attorney General offered and Pottle rejected a deal from Shapiro’s office last year that would have seen the man serve as few as twelve and a half years maxing out at 25. 

It’s hard to imagine a rational for Pottle to ever walk free considering he was charged in excess of 100 counts in this case. The very nature of the crime virtually demands Pottle leaves prison in a pine box.

Shapiro gave him a shot at freedom in just over 12 years and even with the plea rejected  over 70 charges against Pottle were withdrawn by the Office of the Attorney General.

In this case it wasn’t Shapiro crusading to protect children that earned the minimum 25 year sentence, it was Pottle himself doing society the favor in refusing Shapiro’s deal. 

Thanks only to Pottle Shapiro’s maximum became the minimum. There’s nothing for this Attorney General to crow about, he ought to be ashamed even offering such a deal.

 

 

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