United States v. Albertson, No. 09-1049 (3d Cir. 2011)Annotate this Case
The defendant appealed his sentence for receiving child pornography (18 U.S.C. 2252A): 60 months imprisonment followed by 20 years of supervised release. The defendant had more than 700 images on his computer, some of prepubescent girls, and was also convicted of assaulting his step-daughter. After holding that the defendant had not waived his appeal by untimely filing, the Third Circuit affirmed the duration of the 20-year supervised release term, noting the relatively short term of imprisonment, and a prohibition on association with minors other than family. The court vacated and remanded a 20-year prohibition on internet use, except with pre-approval of a probation officer, reasoning that such a prohibition affects many areas of modern life and that the objectives may be accomplished by monitoring and filtering.