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Bartow man gets 22 years for producing child porn

- By Doug Walker Rome News-Tribune

A Bartow County man has been sentenced to 22 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of enticing a child to produce images of child pornograph­y.

Christophe­r Alan Love, 42, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Harold L. Murphy in Rome on Feb. 9.

“I’ll never be able to right a wrong. It just happened and I take full responsibi­lity for it,” Love told Murphy prior to the judge imposing the sentence.

Love and a co- defendant were arrested after Love talked about taking video of acts with a 9-yearold child. The friend went to authoritie­s and told them about Love’s claim.

Paul Jones, an assistant U.S. attorney, had asked for a 25-year sentence.

“I think he is a danger to the public,” Jones said. “We do believe he is a predator.”

Love’s attorney David West, of Marietta, argued for a 20-year sentence, claiming that Love’s co-defendant, Erin Molly Rafferty, received an 18-year sentence for the same offense.

“I have a real issue with gender discrimina­tion,” West said after the hearing was over.

He said he hears a lot related to disparitie­s in the sentencing of minorities but added, “I don’t see anybody hopping up and down about the difference­s in gender.”

West argued that Love and Rafferty did not produce videos of the child in December 2015 for any kind of widespread distributi­on — the images were made for their own “self-gratificat­ion.”

Jones countered by saying that when officers r ai ded t heir Milam Bridge Road home in Euharlee on Dec. 22, 2015, 78 videos and more than 4,000 images related to child pornograph­y were found on computers and other electronic devices in the home.

Bartow County District Att o r ney Rosemary Greene said both Love and Rafferty still face charges including 15 counts of sexual exploitati­on of a child, three counts of child molestatio­n, one count of meth possession and one count of reckless conduct.

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