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No jail time for child porn

Date: February 27, 2007

Despite the arrests each year in Colorado of hundreds of predators who attempt to meet children on the Internet for sex, few of those arrested in stings do any jail time for a first offense. Instead, the majority are sentenced to probation.

Internet sex stings, where police pose as children, are resulting in a growing number of arrests here and nationwide. The stings have received a lot of media attention, from the NBC "Dateline" segments that show grown-ups as they arrive for a sex rendezvous with someone they think is a child, to the arrest of Colorado radio personality Scott Cortelyou.

And while the arrests often lead to convictions, jail is a different matter.
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