|Folk sentenced to 8 years for use of nudity of a minor|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Tuesday, 03 December 2013 10:46|
A former Wood County man will spend eight years in prison after a child pornography conviction.
Thomas Folk, 52, formerly of Weston and currently of the Elyria area, was sentenced Monday in the court of Wood County Judge Reeve Kelsey.
Folk was convicted Oct. 16 on four counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance, and one count of possession of criminal tools. The charges stemmed from pornographic images of children which were reportedly found on Folk's cell phone and computer in August of 2011.
He was found guilty following a day-long court trial before Kelsey. As opposed to a jury trial, a court trial is presented only to the judge, without a jury, and the judge renders the verdict.
Folk's attorney, Christopher Zografides, had argued during the trial that others had access to both the phone and computer and could have put the images there, and said in court on Thursday that Folk's ex-wife had "an ax to grind." He had made a similar argument during the trial.
Prosecuting Attorney Heather Baker said "this case has nothing to do with his ex-wife grinding an ax," adding "Mr. Folk has a prior conviction for very similar offenses."
Folk had previously been convicted on two felony counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor in April of 2005 and was sent to prison.
Kelsey sentenced Folk to eight years for each of the illegal use of a minor counts, and one year for the criminal tools count, but ordered that the sentences be served concurrently, making an aggregate of eight years in prison.
In addition, Folk must register as a Tier II sex offender, and pay a $7,500 fine. He must additionally forfeit the laptop computer used in the crime.
Folk was remanded into custody following the proceeding.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 12:27|
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