Alaska psy­chol­o­gist sen­tenced in child porn case

Imperial Valley Press - - LOCAL & REGION -

Fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors say a 51-year-old An­chor­age child psy­chol­o­gist has been sen­tenced to four years in fed­eral prison in a child pornog­ra­phy case.

Pros­e­cu­tors say Rus­sell Cherry also was sen­tenced Fri­day to 15 years of su­per­vised re­lease af­ter he ear­lier pleaded guilty to one count of child pornog­ra­phy pos­ses­sion.

Ac­cord­ing to pros­e­cu­tors, Cherry used a file-shar­ing net­work in sum­mer 2017 to down­load videos and images show­ing child sex­ual ex­ploita­tion.

Pros­e­cu­tors say the FBI and An­chor­age po­lice ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at Cherry’s home in Au­gust 2017 and found sev­eral images de­pict­ing child pornog­ra­phy on de­vices be­long­ing to Cherry.

Ac­cord­ing to pros­e­cu­tors, Cherry at the time ad­mit­ted search­ing for such images and down­load­ing them for his own cu­rios­ity.

Pros­e­cu­tors say Cherry worked as a neu­ropsy­chol­o­gist treat­ing chil­dren un­til his in­dict­ment in June.

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