Ex-Pastor Gets 17-Plus Years For Facebook Kiddie Porn

When 63-year-old Jerry L. Cannon received a 17.5 year sentence on Tuesday for using Facebook to solicit and distribute child pornography, he sobbed like a baby.

According to Alabama Live, the former non-denominational, Dry Ridge, Kentucky pastor blubbered at his trial:

I’m very sorry. God forgive me. I was so stupid. It hurts. It hurts bad.

Cannon insisted he never has had a desire to touch children sexually.

The Mobile, Alabama U.S. district judge presiding over Cannon’s case was not moved and instead stated, that the prison term handed down was appropriate for a man of his age and profession. The case was tried in Alabama because that was the home of the person with whom Cannon was attempting to trade pornographic pictures of children.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation began delving into Cannon’s pornographic Facebook activities when someone tipped off an Alabama agent earlier this year.

The criminal complaint filed by the FBI stated, that Cannon used 13 Facebook accounts with different names, one of them his own, to post child pornography on the social networking site.

The complaint also alleged that Cannon expressed an interest in pictures of young girls between the ages of 10 and 16.

However, the federal investigators never stated, that the accused photographed the children himself. Cannon told authorities that he provided child pornography to others to keep them away from children.

In addition to his actual profile, Cannon had a compilation of more than 1,000 pornographic images and videos, some depicting children as young as 9, getting raped, that were linked to his accounts. The former minister was arrested on February 21 and brought up on federal charges of soliciting and distributing child pornography.

Cannon clearly violated one of Facebook’s most upheld rules listed in the site’s statement of rights and responsibilities:

You will not post content that: is hateful, threatening, or pornographic; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence.

The ex-pastor who is married, started his Church of God in his home town of Dry Ridge, four years ago along with two other couples.

Readers, would you report pornographic activities if you came across any on Facebook?

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