Taj Mahon-Haft, a former Radford University criminology professor, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison on Thursday after pleading guilty to drug and child pornography charges. Mahon-Haft, who has spent the past nine months in solitary confinement, entered into a plea agreement in exchange for the acknowledgement of his guilt; he was given 100 years in prison, with 85 of those years suspended. In addition to his arguably minimal jail time, Mahon-Taft will spend the 10 years following his release on supervised probation.
Mahon-Taft was arrested on December 22, 2012 after police entered his home after finding the front door completely open. Marijuana, bath salts, and a “white powdery substance” were in plain view and so the officers who had initially entered the premise on suspicion of a burglary, immediately got a warrant to search the home. As a part of the drug investigation, police confiscated Mahon-Taft’s computers, whereupon his files of child pornography were discovered. Upwards of 10,000 pictures and videos depicting children engaged in sexual activities are said to have been in his possession. One said video, made overseas, featured contact information for any viewers who might be “interested” in the child.
Following the trial, Mahon-Taft’s attorney was quoted as saying that he was “not a happy lawyer” due to the fact that “we had someone go to jail for much longer than deserved.” I wholeheartedly disagree.
[via The Roanoke Times]