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Man sentenced in child porn case

March 04, 2005|by PEPPER BALLARD

pepperb@herald-mail.com

A 56-year-old Hagerstown man who pleaded guilty in December 2004 to possessing child pornography was sentenced to six months in jail Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Victor Arvine Rowe, whose last known address was 140 E. Washington St., was sentenced to serve the six-month sentence at the Washington County Detention Center. He pleaded guilty to the charge on Dec. 20, 2004.

According to charging documents, Rowe had ordered and received in April 2004 through the mail two videos: "Gym Time," a pornographic video with an 11-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl, and "Sports Exam," a pornographic video with a 9-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl. The tape order was reported to the Hagerstown Police Department by a U.S. postal inspector, the documents state.

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A search of Rowe's home uncovered homemade videotapes, which the postal inspector learned had been made by Rowe, who secretly videotaped several young neighborhood girls from a window at his home, the documents allege.

Before sentencing, Circuit Judge John H. McDowell said Rowe "engaged in activity that resulted in the exploitation of children, of young women."

Sentencing guidelines in the case suggested Rowe be sentenced to between three months to one year in jail, McDowell said. Saying it was necessary for Rowe to spend time in jail, McDowell sentenced him to six months, suspended an additional six months and ordered that Rowe be placed on two years of probation upon his release.

He said Rowe has a prior conviction for sexual child abuse.

McDowell, who alluded to Rowe's presentence investigation report before sentencing him, said Rowe has shown "little remorse" for the previous abuse and has shown "no interest in adult women," both of which he said raises Rowe's potential to offend again.

He ordered that Rowe register as a sex offender and not have contact with children under age of 16.

Rowe's attorney, Martin Palmer, said his client has been in therapy and wants to continue with counseling.

Rowe has been employed with Goodwill Industries for 18 years, is divorced and has no children, he said. Palmer, who requested that Rowe be made eligible for work release, said Rowe is a maintenance supervisor with the company. McDowell granted Palmer's request for work release after asking whether any juveniles worked there. Rowe said no one under about 20 years old works there.

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