United States v. Stinefast, No. 12-2435 (7th Cir. 2013)Annotate this Case
Stinefast delivered a compact disc full of child pornography to an FBI informant; he was arrested and his home was searched. Agents discovered Stinefast’s collection of more than 190,000 images of child pornography, including images depicting sexual molestation of infants. Stinefast pled guilty to distributing child pornography, 18 U.S.C. 2252A(a)(2)(A) and received an above‐guideline sentence of 216 months. The Seventh Circuit affirmed the sentence, rejecting arguments that: during the sentencing hearing the prosecutor improperly referred to inadmissible and potentially incriminating statements Stinefast made to the government’s psychiatric expert, which led to his unreasonably lengthy prison term; that the court erred by failing to address an argument that Stinefast’s psychological disorders stemming from his own history of sexual abuse limited his ability to refrain from engaging in child‐pornography; and that the court imposed an unreasonably high sentence.