Pedophile avoids penalty despite having porn on computer
By Rene Stutzman
Date: January 20, 2004
A judge on Friday gave no penalty to a pedophile who violated his probation and was found with dozens of pieces of pornography on his computer.
Ronald James Gukenberger, 48, of Montverde, insisted that he did not look at the sexually explicit material. It was e-mail "spam," according to his attorney, Chandler Muller. But prosecutor Stacey Salmons said someone opened the files.
That didn't matter. Circuit Judge Gene Stephenson put Gukenberger back on probation. He could have sent him to prison for 15 years.
In October 2002, Gukenberger pleaded no contest to molesting a neighbor girl who was younger than 12. The victim told authorities that Gukenberger fondled her and took pornographic photos of her. When he was arrested, authorities found hundreds of photos of child pornography on his home computers.
He was sentenced to 15 years' probation. He also was banned from using the Internet at home.
He was re-arrested in April after he was found to have gone onto the Internet from a Massachusetts hotel room, where he was staying on a business trip.
A search of the computer he used at the hotel uncovered 56 pieces of adult pornography, according to court records.
Gukenberger, a physicist for defense contractor SDS International, would not answer questions after Friday's hearing.
He also is awaiting trial in federal court on child-pornography charges.
Gukenberger sometimes spells his name Guckenberger. On its list of sexual predators, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement identifies him as Gukenberger.
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