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March 20, 2013

Man who pleaded guilty in child porn case gets year in jail

ENID, Okla. — A 22-year-old Enid man who pleaded guilty last year to possession of child pornography, was sentenced Wednesday to one year in county jail.

Dillon Thomas Cline also must serve 14 years probation, follow rules for, and register as, a sex offender, complete counseling and have no access to the Internet, except for job duties. Cline also was ordered to pay fines and costs related to the case.

Cline pleaded guilty Oct. 1, 2012, to the felony charge, which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and/or a $25,000 fine.

District Judge Dennis Hladik heard testimony from two Enid Police Department detectives, two psychologists, Cline’s mother and Cline himself before meting out the sentence.

A presentencing investigation recommended Cline’s sentence be suspended in its entirety, but Assistant District Attorney Tallena Hart asked the judge to send Cline to prison.

She referred to the outcome of the first child pornography case tried before a Garfield County jury. In the state of Oklahoma v. Michael Mason, jurors found Mason guilty of a single count of possession of child pornography and recommended he serve 20 years in prison and pay a fine of $10,000

Hart said Cline was not deserving of the most lenient sentence, which would be an entirely suspended sentence. Instead, she asked Hladik to order Cline into Department of Corrections custody for 15 years.

Cline’s attorney, Steve Singer, said probation for his client, and the rules required of sex offenders, would be punishment.

At the time of his arrest, Singer said Cline was “young and dumb.”

“He’s not a hopeless pervert. He’s not attracted to kids,” he said. “He’s a 98-pound weakling. He’ll be abused physically and sexually abused in prison.”

Singer asked the judge to follow not only the recommendation of the presentencing investigation, but the recommendation of the two doctors who have counseled and tested Cline.

Enid Police Department Sgts. Greg Gordon and Dustin Albright testified about the investigation that led to Cline’s arrest in 2011.

Albright said he was able to download known pornographic content from a computer sharing the files online via a peer-to-peer network. A search warrant was obtained and executed, with detectives seizing a laptop from Cline’s home.

Gordon said he conducted a forensic analysis of the computer and located a total of 23 files in folders titled “saved” and “incomplete.”

The ages of the children in the videos Cline had ranged from 3 to 12 years old, Gordon said.

One of the videos was played for Hladik on a laptop, over Singer’s objection. The judge watched only seconds before asking Hart to turn off the video.

Dr. Richard Kishur and Dr. Stephen Close, who had examined Cline, said he would not benefit from incarceration.

Kishur described Cline coming across as a “pestilent teenager.” He said Cline needed further counseling and not incarceration. Close agreed with Kishur about Cline’s inability to handle incarceration.

“I think Dillon is very ill-equipped to be able to deal with a dangerous situation,” he told the court.

Kishur’s report he filed stated Cline was a “low-to-moderate” risk for re-offending.

The court also heard testimony from Cline, who apologized and swore to never make a similar mistake.

“I want you to know I’m sorry for what I’ve done,” he said, beginning to cry. “I want you to know that I am never going to do that again.”

He told the judge he knows what he did was a mistake.

“I realize it now. It was so stupid. I’m such a fool,” Cline sobbed. “I’m willing to do anything to change. I just want another chance to show I can do the right thing. I won’t let anyone down.”

Hladik said he had to consider all factors before he could issue a judgment in the case.

He said he’s had about a half dozen cases like this, but this was the first time the presentencing investigation recommended the sentence be suspended.

“He says he’s sorry, but doesn’t seem remorseful of the little girls in the videos,” Hladik said of Cline. “There is no question those little girls suffer. ... It is a crime that keeps on hurting forever.”

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