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Photoshopping child porn not art, jury decides

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Posted at 4:18 PM, Mar 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-07 16:44:49-05

CINCINNATI – A man with 25,000 images of child porn on his computer claimed he was creating art when he superimposed children's faces onto sexually-explicit photos, the U.S. Attorney says.

But a federal jury in Cincinnati didn't buy it and convicted David Guy, 61, of 11 counts of obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children, as well as other child porn charges.

The New Richmond, Ohio, man used Photoshop to create hundreds of visual depictions using 11 different minor victims by placing the children’s faces into images of graphic adult and child pornography,  U.S. Attorney Carter M. Stewart said in a release Monday. In addition, Guy attempted to produce child pornography when he took a photo of one minor, posing the child on her hands and knees and exposing her bottom. 

A search of computers seized from Guy’s residence discovered depictions of the sexual bondage of children less than five years of age, bestiality and lascivious exhibition, among many other graphic and violent images. 

According to testimony, Guy claimed that he had more than 25,000 images of child pornography and that they were inspiration for his art. Guy also claimed that the government was attempting to censor him.

It took the jury less than an hour to convict Guy on the 16 counts he was charged, the U.S. Attorney said.  

Guy was also convicted of  one count of attempted production of child pornography, three counts of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

Obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children is a  punishable by five to 20 years in prison. Production of child pornography carries a sentence of 15 to 30 years. Receipt of child pornography is 5 to 20 years and possession of child pornography is punishable by up to 20 years.