Former State Trooper sentenced to nine years for child pornography
POSTED: Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 11:30pm
UPDATED: Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 11:34pm
ALEXANDRIA, LA (KALB) — Former state trooper Jay Sandifer, who pled guilty in 2010 to receipt of child pornography, will spend nine years behind bars.
On Friday, March 9 he made one last final plea for leniency to Judge Dee Drell.
Prosecutors were trying to show a connection between the child porn charges and allegations made by four minors who said he was sexual with them.
Victims testified that Sandifer would "expose himself" in front of them and, in some cases, even had sexual relations with them.
Sandifer repeatedly denied those accusations saying that he did not have any sexual feelings toward underage girls.
Prosecutors argued that he must have had feelings toward underage girls because more than 90 search terms for child porn images were found on his computers.
In lea for leniency before the judge sentenced him, Sandifer not think he fulfilled his oath as a state trooper. H went on to say he had "no ill will" to people who accused him, calling them "false allegations." He said "they do not know what they do. I forgive them for that."
Here's what Sandifer's attorney had to say about appealing the decision:
"I'm not sure whether I'm going to discuss whether or not I'll appeal for Mr. Sandifer," said George Higgins, his attorney. "As you're aware, he has pending charges in three parishes. I would like an opportunity to discuss the disposition of other criminal charges prior to the time we make a decision of whether or not we'll appeal."
Sandifer will serve nine years in prison, pay a $15,000 fine, serve five years of supervised release, spend six months in home confinement and go through therapy. In addition, he must also register as a sex offender and have limited access to the Internet and no access to sexual images of children.