Crime

Neighbors complained about man sentenced to prison for having child porn, reports say

Michael Wayne Lee
Michael Wayne Lee

A 52-year-old man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for having child pornography on his home computer.

Michael W. Lee, who made headlines after neighbors’ accusations, must make restitution of $1,000 to a known victim and pay a special assessment of $5,000. The $5,000 is in addition to a $100 assessment that federal court orders for each charge or count in a conviction.

Chief U.S. District Court Louis Guirola Jr. sentenced Lee on Monday.

Guirola also ordered Lee have lifetime supervision. Lee faced up to 10 years in prison and supervision for five years to life.

While on house arrest pending prosecution, Lee was temporarily taken into custody after two neighbors in St. Martin lodged complaints with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. The neighbors said they saw Lee touching himself while standing at his front door and watching neighborhood children play, their reports said.

Lee was allowed to move into a relative’s home. His attorney told the court Lee had cancer and needed chemotherapy.

A federal grand jury indicted Lee on June 23, 2015. The indictment said Lee was found with sexually explicit images of children on his home computer on Sept. 16, 2014.

Lee pleaded guilty Feb. 7 and appeared at his sentencing hearing on June 22. The sentencing was delayed after a public defender asked the judge to order U.S. Probation and Parole to provide the results of Lee’s psychosexual evaluation before sentencing.

Lee remains free on bond on house arrest until he is told where and when to report to prison. He is prohibited from using a computer and other electronic devices.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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