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POTTSVILLE — Kristin Delorge is headed to state prison after a Schuylkill County judge sentenced him Tuesday for possessing and disseminating child pornography in December 2015 at his former residence in Union Township.

Delorge, 43, of Ringtown, must spend 18 to 36 months in a state correctional institution, and an additional 10 years on probation, Judge Jacqueline L. Russell decided.

“I thought very long and hard about the appropriate sentence,” Russell said.

Russell also sentenced Delorge to pay costs, $100 to the Substance Abuse Education Fund, $50 to the Criminal Justice Enhancement Account and $749.95 restitution, undergo sex offender and drug and alcohol evaluations and submit a DNA sample to law enforcement authorities. She allowed him to remain free on $100,000 straight cash bail pending his appeal, which Frank R. Cori, Orwigsburg, the defendant’s lawyer, said he would be filing.

In addition, Russell ruled that Delorge is a Tier 2 sex offender and will be subject to Megan’s Law sanctions for 25 years after he leaves state prison.

After a two-day trial over which Russell presided, a jury of eight women and four men convicted Delorge on Nov. 1, 2017, of 10 counts each of dissemination of photo or film of child sex acts and sexual abuse of children-child pornography, two of possession of a controlled substance and one each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation charged Delorge with possessing 10 child porn images, eight of which carried the marking Vietnamese Child Brothel, on Dec. 20, 2015, on his laptop at 131 Breisch Road. Police also said that Delorge possessed marijuana, methamphetamines, baggies, pipes and a digital scale when they arrived at his residence on March 8, 2016.

State police Cpl. John D. Powis, the prosecuting officer, testified on Tuesday that no files of child porn were found from before December 2015. However, he said state police received downloads of child porn from Delorge’s computer.

“Anyone who had that file-sharing program … could have downloaded that,” Powis said.

Cori said his client’s actions were completely out of character, and that he should not receive a harsh sentence.

“This case is aberrant behavior,” he said.

District Attorney Michael A. O’Pake said that while the case had been prosecuted before he took office, he believed the jury’s verdict must be respected and Delorge should get a stiff sentence.

“The jury saw pictures” that should preclude a light sentence, he said. “I’m not aware … of what any mitigating factors would be.”

Russell said that while Delorge was not personally involved with the activity depicted in the files, and did not intentionally disseminate those files to any particular person, child pornography would not exist without people like him who create a market for it.

Contact the writer: pbortner@republicanherald.com; 570-628-6014

Defendant: Kristin Delorge

Age: 43

Residence: Ringtown

Crimes committed: 10 counts each of dissemination of photo or film of child sex acts and sexual abuse of children-child pornography, two of possession of a controlled substance and one each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and possession of drug paraphernalia

Prison sentence: 18 to 36 months in a state correctional institution, 10 years consecutive probation and 25 years of Megan’s Law sanctions