United States v. Klug, No. 11-1339 (7th Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
Defendant pleaded guilty to producing and possessing child pornography, 18 U.S.C. 2251(a), 2252(a)(4)(B). After calculating an imprisonment range of life, the district court sentenced him to a total of 384 months. The Seventh Circuit upheld the sentence as reasonable. Defendant, who had no criminal history, argued that no harm came to the children he filmed because there was no sexual contact, but the court noted that he circulated his films on the Internet and caused distinct and serious harm to his victims by giving their images a permanent existence and the potential for endless replication.