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September 25, 2013

'No easy answers' for judge in porn case

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MERCER —

Kimmel said he has come to think differently about his illness.

“I used to think of myself as a victim because I thought I had no choice,” he said. “Now, I understand it is a choice.”

St. John decided Kimmel should not go to state prison.

“They would eat you up,” the judge said. “You would not survive.”

However, St. John said future offenses would inevitably put Kimmel there.

Kimmel was sentenced to 1 to 23 months in jail followed by 3 years’ probation.

Kimmel must report as a sex offender for 15 years, and St. John added a condition of Kimmel’s parole and probation that he not be allowed access to the internet unless it is in a controlled environment, such as a college library should Kimmel return to school, or the computer has a filter to bar the loading of pornographic web sites.

Kimmel is barred from looking at pornography and is not allowed to be with children unless an adult also is present.

Kimmel noted he has not been able to find counseling for his porn addiction, and St. John acknowledged the opportunities for counseling are “very limited.”

But, St. John added, Kimmel must make finding counseling a priority.

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