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Reno man sentenced to 14 years for child porn
by Scott Sonner - Associated Press
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RENO (AP) — The brother of a 67-year-old Nevada man who was sentenced to 14 years in prison for possession of child pornography said Wednesday the punishment was harsher than the crime warrants.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert Jones sentenced Douglas Roth of Reno on Tuesday, saying he is a threat to society unable to overcome his “irresistible” urges to view images of children being sexually abused.

The judge rejected Brian Roth’s pleas for leniency for his brother based in part on a childhood he said was filled with brutal beatings and sexual humiliation at the hands of their dysfunctional mother.

Jones cited Douglas Roth’s three previous convictions in California from 1960-82 on charges of sexually assaulting children, including one case of rape. The judge said the conduct was due to a “brain pattern” that would not dissipate with age, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.

Brian Roth, a 65-year-old retired businessman in Fremont, Calif., said in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press that his brother deserved to be sent to prison but shouldn’t serve more time than some convicted killers. He said he is suffering from liver and prostate cancer and mostly likely will die in prison.

“Believe me, I’ve spent my whole life thinking about it. I’ve been very ashamed of my brother’s actions,” Brian Roth said.

“And society does have a right to be protected from sexual predators,” he added. “But it seems as though this particular class of criminal act has been singled out for permanent punishment, for special and cruel and unusual punishment.”

Detectives in the Internet Crimes Against Children task force in Reno came across Douglas Roth in August 2010 while searching the web for people who were sharing child pornography, court records show. He was indicted that November and pleaded guilty last April to possessing 29 videos that depicted more than 600 images of children in sexual situations, including sadistic and masochistic conduct, prosecutors said.

Daniel Bogden, U.S. attorney for Nevada, said such prosecutions are a high priority in his office.

Douglas Roth was 15 when he kidnapped a 10-year-old girl from a park and raped her, the Gazette-Journal reported Wednesday. At age 18, he was convicted of kidnapping and molesting a 9-year-old girl.

Jones said doctors at a California state mental hospital determined then that Douglas Roth was a pedophile and a danger to the community. State psychiatrists reached the same conclusion after his last conviction for the 1980 abduction and sexual abuse of an 11-year-old girl, court records show.

Brian Roth said in a formal affidavit filed with the court that he and his brother both were emotionally scarred by their abusive mother. He said he first remembered beatings at the age of 2 or 3 for wetting the bed.

“These were full-blown expressions of rage and involved belts, sticks and any weapon that fell to hand,” he said.

Douglas Roth witnessed the beatings on a daily basis, Brian Roth said, including the time their mother grabbed a large knife, pulled down Brian’s pants and threatened to cut off his penis. He said his brother also frequently was struck in the genitals.

Brian Roth said his brother clearly had a history of sexual assaulting children when he was between the ages of 15 and 31.

“But from 31 to 67, he led a fine, upstanding productive life,” he said, pointing to his graduation from college and a successful business career.

“For whatever reason, he downloaded some child pornography from the Internet,” Brian Roth said. “But that’s 36 years with no problem whatsoever. How can that be a pattern? We were at war with Vietnam 36 years ago.”
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