FARMINGTON -- A 28-year-old man who has done research on Alzheimer's disease has been sentenced to serve 60 days in Davis County Jail for downloading child pornography.
David C. Skidmore, of Layton, appeared in 2nd District Court on Wednesday before Judge David Hamilton.
He had entered guilty pleas to two counts of distribution of pornographic material, third-degree felonies, July 17.
A three-day jury trial had been set to run in August.
Adult Probation and Parole recommended that Skidmore serve six months in jail.
Hamilton sentenced Skidmore to serve the 60 days in jail, three years' probation and added 100 hours of community service.
Skidmore, who is a pre-med student at University of Utah, said he is involved in research concerning patients with Alzhehmier's disease.
Hamilton ordered Skidmore to use the Internet only with the approval of AP&P, so he could continue his education and research.
Skidmore had originally been charged in February 2012 with 12 counts of second-degree felony sexual exploitation of a minor following an investigation by the Utah Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
He told investigators on Aug. 15, 2011, he had mass downloaded files from FrostWire, but did not intentionally download child pornography.
His attorney, Drage Rooski, said in court that Skidmore has "throughout this case ... maintained (He has) not intentionally done this."
Rooski said Skidmore, who has never been charged with any other crime, came to court prepared to serve the 60 days that was agreed to as part of the plea agreement.
Skidmore "did not lawyer up" when investigators came to his door, but instead gave them passwords to his account and told them to go ahead and search it, Rooski said.
Skidmore said in court that he considers himself an "empathetic person" and that the 15-minute interview with the AP&P agent could not be considered an accurate portrayal.
Skidmore told the judge he has "passed up opportunities to do important research" in order to get the case behind him, so he could go forward with his life.
Utah Assistant Attorney General Ann Rozycki said the victims in the photos and videos found on Skidmore's computer will suffer from "post-traumatic stress" because they have no control over who sees those photos.
"That damage is very real," Rozycki said.
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