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Fmr. UVA Associate Dean Sentenced on Child Porn Charges

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Former University of Virginia associate dean Michael Morris will serve eight years and 10 months behind bars on child pornography charges.
 
Morris was arrested in November 2013 and charged with possessing more than 1,000 images and hundreds of videos depicting child pornography. Court documents alleged 50-year-old Morris logged on to a child porn site nearly 200 times between January and October at his home in Crozet. He was also accused of accessing a child porn sharing site at least once using his UVA email address.
 
In April, he pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing or receiving child porn. Monday a judge handed down his punishment in federal court.
 
In total Morris faced up to 50 years in prison for the child pornography charges but he will only be behind bars for just under nine years, which is four years above the mandatory minimum.
 
Attorneys stressed how damaging child porn is during the sentencing hearing."The effects of child pornography offenses likes these are compounded by people who trade in these images and that is because these victims know their images are being traded around and circulated on the internet. They know that their privacy may never be protected again," U.S. Attorney Nancy Healey said.
 
After being released from prison Morris will be required to register as a sex offender and serve 20 years of probation.
 
There is no decision yet as to where Morris will serve out his sentence, but both sides suggested the judge highly consider two prisons out-of-state because of their sex offender rehabilitation programs.
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