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Lee Hicks: Court system needs to seek truth in child pornography cases

The April 7 issue of The Union features two Nevada County criminal cases involving child pornography.

In one, two children of a convicted child pornographer chastise the court for shortening the sentence of their father, their molester. This father of eight children, six of them adopted, was convicted of 16 charges of molesting and filming children ages 1 to 3. Nicholas Ponce, his father’s victim, describes his own young life as ruined. The reduction of the sentence of Luis Ponce based on a technicality has revictimized the victims of this pornographer. His son warns of the potential of his father to reoffend.

The Lamphier case, another issue involving victimization of children through child pornography, has yet to be heard at trial. Whatever happened here, children were exploited and lives ruined.

The young victim of Luis Ponce, the pornographer, states the perversion of justice to be morally and ethically wrong. Heavy responsibility in the alleged Lamphier case lies with a pornographer somewhere, as well as with those who would patronize the business of child pornography.

The Nevada County court system has opportunity to search out the truth and to bring justice, strong elements in the healing of victims.

Lee Hicks

Lake of the Pines

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