Man Gets 5 Years for Child Porn; an Evaluation Found He Had No Photos or Contacts with His Former Students

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Byline: SHANNON HOUGHTON

A former Middleburg elementary school teacher who pleaded guilty to sharing child pornography will spend the next five years and three months in prison, a federal judge ruled Friday.

John E. McIntyre, 41, removed his wedding ring and belt, then wiped his eyes as deputy marshals led him from the courtroom. His mother crumpled, weeping, onto a bench, later vowing to write to officials about her frustrations with the minimum sentence requirement.

Under federal law, those convicted of transporting child pornography on the Internet must serve from five to 20 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan said the sentencing guidelines in this case were from five years and three months to six years and six months.

Undercover FBI agent Timothy Adams met McIntyre in a chat room last year, and McIntyre sent a file of several young boys in sex acts with adult males. Other child pornography was later found on his computer.

"I'm sorry we're all here today, and I'm very embarrassed to be here," McIntyre's attorney, Robert Willis, told the court.

McIntyre never had contact with or photos of his students at Tynes Elementary School, a psychosexual evaluation later determined. He had been with Clay County schools since 1988.

Willis said McIntyre would have had a strong case for probation if the minimum sentencing wasn't set at five years. "He was very successful, very well thought of," Willis said. …