March 30, 2005

Deacon imprisoned for having child porn

Toledo Blade


A Toledo diocesan deacon who was two days away from ordination to the priesthood when authorities seized his computer last year in a child pornography investigation was sentenced yesterday to 37 months in prison.

J. Michael Tynan, 46, who was sentenced in U.S. District Court, withdrew his petition for the priesthood June 10 after U.S. Customs agents raided his home, taking a laptop computer that contained over 600 pornographic images, including those of children.

Tynan, of Lakeview, Ohio, pleaded guilty Nov. 1 to possession of child pornography.

Judge David Katz said the viewing of child pornography is the driving force behind the industry and the exploitation of unintentional victims, who are forced to participate in sex acts.

"It is much like the war on drugs: If you eliminate the user, you will eventually get at drying up the supply," he said.

Judge Katz said he will recommend Tynan be placed in Butner Federal Correctional Institute in North Carolina, where he can participate in a sex-offender program. He is not eligible for parole. Tynan also was ordered to serve five years of supervised probation after his release from prison.

Posted by kshaw at March 30, 2005 06:47 AM