California man who downloaded “Vicky” child porn series sentenced to more than 4 years in prison

By BNO News

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (BNO NEWS) — A 37-year-old California man was sentenced to more than four years in prison on Friday after pleading guilty to downloading child pornography, including the ‘Vicky’ series.

John Joseph Mulligan, of Sacramento, was found guilty of possession of child pornography after he pleaded guilty in May 2009. He was sentenced to four years and six months in prison, followed by eight years of supervised release.

According to court documents, police discovered a number of CDs and an iPhone owned by Mulligan that contained a total of 380 files showing child pornography. He admitted to law enforcement that the items were his and that he had downloaded them on the Internet.

At sentencing on Friday, U.S. District Judge Edward Garcia heard and considered victim-impact statements from now 20-year-old Kylie Freeman, a woman from Washington who was raped over a period of nearly a year by her biological father, Kenneth Freeman. The abuse started when Kylie was 10 years old.

Although BNO News does normally not identify victims of sex crimes, Kylie has publicly spoken about the events.

Kenneth videotaped the abuse of his daughter and posted the videos to the Internet, making it – according to prosecutors – the most viewed images of child pornography of all times. The videos are known as the ‘Vicky’ series and are often found on computers seized from people convicted of child porn possession.

The victim, in the victim-impact statements, described how knowing that others are searching the Internet and downloading videos featuring her made her “feel again like [she] was being abused.” The victim also told Judge Garcia how the fact that the defendant and others downloaded and viewed her video made her feel “sicker, … less safe, … more ashamed, and more humiliated.”

Kenneth fled to China years after the abuse when Kylie came forward and told her mother. “I have been molested and raped. I have been dressed up like a hooker and given dirty lines to say in front of the camera,” Kylie said when Kenneth was brought to trial last year. “When I was told how many people had viewed these images and videos, I thought my pulse would stop. Thinking about all those sick perverts viewing my body, being ravished and hurt like that makes me feel like I’m raped by each and every one of them.”

Kenneth was eventually sentenced to 50 years in prison and a lifetime order that prohibits him from contacting his daughter.

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