List of child pornography cases where judges departed from sentencing guidelines

Local child pornography cases

Cases in which federal judges handed down sentences departing from sentencing guidelines.


▸Donald Slasson, 58, of Dedham, was sentenced in January to 21 months in prison for possession of child pornography. He faced up to 63 months under sentencing guidelines.

▸Shalin Bhavsar, 32, of Shrewsbury, was sentenced in December to three months of probation, though prosecutors had asked that he serve 21 months.

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▸Peter Jepsen, 51, of Newton, was sentenced in June to 30 months in prison. He faced more than five years under sentencing guidelines.

▸Julio Ramos, 49, of Springfield, was sentenced in January 2010 to four years of probation, with 12 months in a halfway house, though prosecutors had asked that he be sentenced to the 78- to 97-month term recommended under guidelines.

▸Thomas Helbig was sentenced in 2009 to five years of probation, six months of that time in a halfway house and six months under home confinement. He faced 24 to 30 months in prison.


▸Robert McDonald, 28, of West Springfield, was sentenced in December, 2008 to five years of probation, 12 months of that time in a halfway house. Prosecutors had asked that he served the 24 to 30 months recommended by sentencing guidelines.

▸Joseph Silva, 37, of Swansea, a horse riding instructor, was sentenced in June 2010 to 270 months in prison for sexual exploitation of a child and the transportation of child pornography, though prosecutors had asked that he be sentenced to 360 months to life.


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