Friday, September 23, 2005

Doctor sentenced 5 years for child pornography

Express Staff Writer

Former Sun Valley radiologist Dr. Richard Dennis Davis was sentenced to five years in prison on Wednesday for buying child pornography from undercover agents.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boise, the case stemmed from a nine-month investigation into Davis's activities, beginning in April 2004, during which he ordered pictures, videos and DVDs from five undercover agents. He was arrested in January after picking up a magazine and video from the Sun Valley Post Office.

U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill rejected Davis' request for probation on the grounds that his crimes stemmed from sex addiction, for which he has received treatment since his arrest. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Peters acknowledged that Davis had made a sincere effort to address his problem, but said the seriousness of his offenses required prison time.

"Mr. Davis isn't here because he's addicted to pornography," Peters told the court. "He's here because he possessed and trafficked in images of real children being raped."

Jean McNeil, public information officer for the U.S. Attorney's Office, said in an interview that Davis had child pornography materials other than those he had bought from the federal agents.

"He had quite a collection," she said.

Davis was also ordered to pay a $15,000 fine and serve three years of supervised release after he serves his sentence. During that time, he will be required to get sex offender treatment, submit to searches and register as a sex offender.

Davis was ordered to begin his sentence Oct. 26. The prison to which he will be sent has not yet been selected.

McNeil said there is no parole in the federal system.

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