Kathleen Vinehout

Vinehout wrote letter defending child porn defendant

Democratic candidate for governor Kathleen Vinehout is defending a character reference letter she wrote for a former legislative attorney after he was charged with possessing child pornography.

Vinehout, a state senator from Alma, wrote the letter in 2015 on behalf of David L. Lovell, who was convicted this June on five counts of child porn possession and sentenced to concurrent three-year prison terms on each count. Vinehout told the Cap Times in a story published Thursday that people won't find anything objectionable in the letter she wrote.

"My mother taught me to hate the sin but not shun the sinner," Vinehout said in a statement to the newspaper.

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