Ex-LA official gets prison for child porn

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 10, 2012 at 11:17 pm •  Published: December 10, 2012
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Abrams "has repeatedly expressed his remorse and apologized for his offense," said Bednarski.

"This is a man who has struggled with this problem for years. He tried to hide it. He didn't recognize the depth of his problem but now he does," she told the judge.

She expressed concern about her client's safety in prison given the nature of his crimes. Morton-Owens said she believed he would be housed with men serving time for similar offenses.

Abrams resigned last year as president of the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners, a seven-member panel that oversees dozens of neighborhood councils. On the board's website, Abrams had said he worked on the broadcast media campaigns of President Jimmy Carter and Sens. Robert Kennedy and Al Gore. He also had a public relations business.

During the search of Abrams' home, authorities said they found thousands of pictures and videos of suspected child pornography on his computer and hard drives that he collected for more than a decade. Among them were images depicting bondage and sadomasochism.

Abrams also chatted explicitly with others about his child pornography collection and his desire to sexually assault children, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors also said Abrams downloaded a 170-page document entitled "Hunter's Guide to Finding Child Lovers."

While Abrams wasn't charged with sexually assaulting children, prosecutors said he failed a polygraph examination conducted by the federal government when asked if he had sexual contact with minors. Court documents show that Abrams passed a polygraph test conducted by defense attorneys.

Bednarski said Abrams was "victimized" by a group of older boys when he was 4 years old and there is mention of sexual abuse when he was a child in court documents.

Prosecutors said they have nearly two dozen statements from victims in this case who were either in the pictures or videos collected by Abrams.

"Every day people are trading and sharing videos of me as a little girl being raped in the most sadistic ways," one victim wrote. "They don't know me, but they have seen every part of me. They are being entertained by my shame and pain."