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FEBRUARY 28--A New York musician whom prosecutors described as an “Internet star” was sentenced this morning to five years in federal prison for exchanging explicit images with underage female fans.

During a hearing in U.S. District Court in Syracuse, Michael Lombardo, 25, was sentenced by Judge David Hurd for his guilty plea last year to a felony charge of receiving child pornography. Lombardo, seen at right, will also have to register as a convicted sex offender.

In a February 14 sentencing memorandum, prosecutors argued that Lombardo should receive 20 years in prison, the statutory maximum. Lombardo’s lawyers countered that the mandatory minimum, five years, was appropriate punishment.

Lombardo, a Berklee College of Music graduate, developed a large following of female teenage fans via a series of YouTube performance videos. Investigators contended that Lombardo, who also worked as a sound engineer at an upstate high school, then “took advantage of his position as an Internet star” to sexually exploit 11 minors (who sent the singer/songwriter sexually explicit photos and videos).

Pointing to a September 2010 online conversation with a 16-year-old girl, prosecutors noted that Lombardo was keenly aware that he was violating the law. During that exchange, Lombardo suggested to the girl that she delete chat logs and photos they exchanged since, “that’s like 5 years in federal prison and sex offender registration.” He added, “until you’re 18. Lol.”

In a sentencing submission, Lombardo’s lawyer described the convicted felon as a “sought-after musical performer, live and on the Internet, who developed a following of fans, some of whom became ‘groupies.’” The attorney added, “Approximately 80% of the females he engaged in cybersex with were older than 17.”

In an interview with a clinical psychologist, Lombardo stated that he was “approached sexually by female fans through the Internet and that he had responded to perhaps 30% of those overtures,” according to the defense’s sentencing memorandum. Lombardo estimated that he engaged in cybersex with “about fifty females and that probably 80% of them were adult.”

Lombardo told Dr. Norman Lesswing that his behavior was “stupid and dumb,” though he “denied that he manipulated, coerced or met with any of these females for the purpose of having sexual relations.” In fact, Lombardo added that he had “literally hundreds of opportunities, while touring, to ‘hook up,'” but only did so “with a college student on one occasion.” (6 pages)

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Oy vey. 16 yos having cybersex. Call in the RIAA, FBI and NSA, stet.
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He's 25. It was child pornography charges.
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Selfies from 16 yo bimbos qualify as child porn now? Crazy stuff.
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The ones he was charged for were from younger girls, but the age of consent is the age of consent and that extends to images as well as sex acts. You can read the docs.

He even KNEW this and TOLD one of the 16 year olds he could get five years for each image.

He is very lucky he got only five years total. He will have to serve 85% of that in the federal system.
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Yeah, given the echoing emptiness of the US prison system, it would be awful if you couldn't send all those perverts who find 16 yo tits to be hot off to jail. Tax payers need some return on those monies spent on building the facilities. Such nefarious pervs! Thinking 16 yo titties are exciting? The mind, truly, boggles.
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Yeah, given the echoing emptiness of the US prison system, it would be awful if you couldn't send all those perverts who find 16 yo tits to be hot off to jail. Tax payers need some return on those monies spent on building the facilities. Such nefarious pervs! Thinking 16 yo titties are exciting? The mind, truly, boggles.
You're dismissing the damage child pornography does?

You're still asserting not only that 16 is okay, but that's all it was?

16 is not okay, Pal. We have age of consent laws here - even this convict knows that and knew it at the time of one of the many counts he was charged with.

Read the docs and see all the 13 and 14 year-old victims too. You draw the line much younger than 16?
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The age of consent is 15 here. I can't say if that is correct or not, but the line has to be drawn somewhere. The 18 that most of the US practices is clinically insane.

As for child pornography, selfies shot by teenage girls being that is plain risible.

As for laws, finally, that train has left the US station. Once you happily accept that 11M proven lawbreakers walk the land and the issue isn't how they are to be deported but only how to make the welfare in exchange for votes flow freely, then there is no law and the only issue at stake is if you're big enough of a fish in the pond to get away with whatever you want to get away with.
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You're a minor according to these federal laws, until your 18th birthday. In the states that varies between 16-18 but that's not relevant to this since it was a federal beef.

The perp was aware of this. He is lucky all he got was five years - meaning they dropped many other counts that carry a minimum of five years each, as part of his plea deal.

Any other state where the victim was below their age of consent, he can still be prosecuted for on state generated charges, by the way.

If 18 is "clinically insane" by erring on the long side, what is 15? Many would argue the same on that.
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