About to sentence John Patrick Beucler Jr. to almost four years on a child porngraphy charge, the federal judge said he usually didn't express himself to defendants. He made an exception Thursday for the 28-year-old Columbus man.
U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land told Beucler he had read every word of the letters of support friends and family had sent him. Many had the same theme.
". . . That John didn't do this," Land said of the letters. There is a consistent theme . . . that you didn't do this — that there is an injustice that has occurred."
Beucler pleaded guilty Jan. 30 before Land to possession of child pornography and criminal forfeiture in violation of exploitation of minors. Beucler admitted then to a recitation of the facts by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brendan Flanagan, who said authorities learned in July 2003 about a Web site with connections to child pornography. The site was linked to Beucler, who was found to have used a credit card for the site on three separate occasions.
Flanagan said Thursday that Beucler originated, started and operated the Web site.
See Friday's Ledger-Enquirer for more on this story.