DANVILLE — A Danville studio photographer was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison for possession of child pornography.
Boyle Circuit Judge Darren Peckler rejected Terry Alan Hadley's request for probation.
Under a plea agreement, Hadley, 47, pleaded guilty to four counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.
Defense attorney Dan Carman also argued for probation. Hadley had no other criminal history and had received counseling from a clinical psychologist, he said. Hadley had been the victim of sexual abuse as a child, Carman said.
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In a statement that he read in court, Hadley said that because of these charges, he had lost members of his family, friends and customers of his Aperture Studios.
The Kentucky attorney general's cyber crimes unit began investigating Hadley in December 2009 after a Danville computer store found child pornography on a computer brought to them for servicing. A search warrant was served later that month at Hadley's home and photo studio.
Hadley had not taken the images himself but had downloaded them from the Internet.
"I understand the severity of the crimes I have committed and I am ... remorseful for my actions," Hadley said. He said he understood that this was not a victimless crime.
"I understand I have no right to ask this court for anything," he said.
The judge noted that more than 600 photos and 27 videos of child porn were found, and said he could not put Hadley on probation without diminishing the severe nature of the crime.