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* Berkeley Man Paul Hirsohn Gets an 8-Year Prison Sentence for Child Pornography

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A Berkeley man has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison and ordered to pay a $25,000 fine for transporting child pornography, according to U.S. Attorney Joseph Russoniello. According to prosecutors, Paul Hirsohn, 59, pleaded guilty on Dec.
10 to transporting child pornography, admitting that he brought it into the U.S. from Thailand. Hirsohn was indicted by a federal grand jury April 8, 2008, and was charged with transporting child pornography.  U.S. District Court Judge Maxine M. Chesney sentenced Hirsohn on Wednesday. She also imposed a 10-year period of supervised release for Hirsohn after he finishes serving his sentence. Russoniello said in a statement, “Individuals who transport or deal in child pornography often inflict lifelong emotional scars on their victims. My office will do everything in its power to protect America’s youth.”  Ray Greenlee, deputy special agent in charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in San Francisco, said the sentence serves as a strong reminder that the sexual exploitation of children is a crime that will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  “ICE remains committed to protecting our children and communities from sexual predators by investigating those who seek to victimize children,” he said.

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