Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Dad sentenced to 10 years in prison for child porn; daughter testifies about his sexual abuse (Rockford, Illinois)

Slap on the wrist for scumbag dad RICHARD YOHN.

Belvidere man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for child pornography

Posted: Oct 16, 2012 2:34 PM CDT By Hannah Welker

ROCKFORD (WREX) - A Belvidere man found with thousands of pornographic photos on his computer is on his way to prison.

Tears filled the courtroom, surrounding Richard Yohn's sentencing. Tears of sadness from his daughter,sad to see her father go, but more noticeably, the tears of joy and relief from his ex-wives, thrilled to see who they call a "predator", locked up.

"As an ex-wife of now a convicted sexual predator, you lay awake at night and wonder, could I have seen something? Could I have found something? Could I have stopped something," says Theresa Wilson, one of two of Richard Yohn's ex-wives who attended his hearing.

Theresa Wilson waited on the edge of her seat in court to hear her ex-husband's fate, a man charged in 2010 for possessing nearly 150,000 child pornography photos on his computer and more than 250 sexual videos of children. The judge read off several pieces of reliable information, including a video interview from Yohn's 11 year old daughter Kali, admitting her father molested her.

"She told state agencies this had happened to her over 40 times," Wilson said. "The judge found that information credible. He did not have to include that as part of his sentencing today."

Yohn was sentenced to 10 years in prison on the other charges, with a $5,000 fine. He has a 25 year term of supervision after his release. That includes monitored computer use, no contact with anyone under the age of 18, admittance into a drug care program for past drug problems, and all credit card and telephone bills handed over to a probation officer. Even with all the restrictions, Yohn's other ex wife, Kali's mother, plans to work with Congress to establish "Kali's Law.", which would bring harsher sentencings in child porn cases.

"I want it to be known that her father, Richard Yohn, not only looked at inappropriate pictures of children, he touched children, and not only children but his own children," says Michelle Yohn. "And that is a huge difference."

If Kali's Law does pass, it would involve increasing punishment for people caught with more than 600 pornographic photos, require all sex offenders to live at least 1,000 feet away from schools, and require judges to take any child molestation into consideration in all child pornography cases, which was the breaking point in Richard Yohn's sentencing.