Oregon's former top administrative judge gets prison time in child pornography case

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Oregon’s former top administrative law judge has been sentenced to 38 months in prison after his guilty plea to 10 counts of encouraging child sexual abuse.

Judge Andrew Erwin of Washington County, Oregon, sentenced Judge John Michael Mann, the former chief administrative law judge for the state, on May 11. The prison sentence is for two of the counts. The sentence on eight other counts is five years of probation, said Deputy Washington County District Attorney Chris Lewman in an email to the ABA Journal.

Terms of probation include sex-offender registration, sex-offender treatment, and a ban on computer and internet access.

According to a blog post on Medium by blogger Stephanie Volin, the sentence “breaks Judge Erwin’s cycle of leniency toward his peers: Erwin had previously sentenced two other attorneys to probation for the same type and number of offenses.”

Mann’s court-appointed lawyer in the case, Lawrence L. Taylor, had sought probation. He had argued a treatment program would be more effective than a prison term.

Mann was placed on interim suspension from the bar on March 31.

Neither Mann nor Taylor immediately replied to voicemails seeking comment.

See also: “Will former top administrative judge be third Oregon attorney to receive probation in a child porn case?” “Top Oregon administrative judge faces pornography allegations”

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