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February 27, 2013

Whitson facing 15-year sentence

Plea bargain details released


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The camera Whitson used to record the victim was concealed in a black box that sat on the toilet tank. 
“The camera was positioned at groin height and faced directly over the tank, where a male’s genitals would be expected to be when standing and urinating.”
According to the agreement, the images captured by the recorder could be viewed in real time in Whitson’s bedroom, and Whitson had to start and stop the recorded before and after each segment. 
The search warrant carried out by SPD on Nov. 5 revealed numerous images showing minors engaged in sexually explicit actions. The plea agreement states that more than 600 such images were found. 
“The images were in digital media of various forms (computer hard drives, compact discs, etc.), involved pre-pubescent children and, in some cases, sadistic and/or masochistic conduct,” states the plea agreement.
Whitson was remanded back into custody after Tuesday’s hearing and transferred to the Laurel County Correctional Center, where he’s been since his arrest.  Whitson will also be required to register as a sex offender after his release from prison.
U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves is overseeing Whitson’s case. 

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