Man sentenced to 1 1/2 -year term for pornographic videotapes


An Edgewood man who used a computer network bulletin board service to swap homemade pornographic videotapes of minors was convicted of possession with intent to distribute those tapes and sentenced yesterday to 10 years in jail in Harford Circuit Court.

Ronald Sheridan Graham, 36, of the 2000 block of Starr St. in the Harford Commons community, had all but 18 months of his sentence suspended.

Graham remained silent as Judge William O. Carr heard the evidence and found him guilty.

Graham will serve his sentence at the Harford County Detention Center and will be eligible for work release.

He also must continue therapy at the National Institute for the Study, Prevention and Treatment of Sexual Trauma in Baltimore.

Judge Carr imposed three years of supervised parole and probation once Graham completes his sentence.

Assistant State's Attorney Jeffrey L. Michael said Graham must have no private contact with anyone under the age of 18 for the duration of his sentence and probation.

Graham had no prior record.

An anonymous caller tipped off police that Graham had used the computer network to advertise his homemade tapes, leading to a police raid on his residence June 7, Mr. Michael said.

Twenty-eight tapes were seized at Graham's home as well as videotaping equipment and about 40 photographs, according to the statement of facts and police reports.

Investigators said boys from the Patterson Park area of Highlandtown in Baltimore were solicited by Graham to be photographed or videotaped for drugs, money or both.

Youths who agreed were brought to Edgewood, where the tapes and pictures were made, investigators said.

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