November 10, 2001
O.C. Judge Is Charged
With Possession of Child Porn
Los Angeles Times,
Courts: Ronald C. Kline is
placed under house detention. ...
By Monte Morin and Jack Leonard
Times Staff Writers
An Orange County Superior Court Judge was
charged Friday with possession of child pornography and placed under
house detention at the urging of federal prosecutors, who said he poses a
threat to the public.
Judge Ronald C. Kline, who is seeking reelection next
year, surrendered to authorities and was ordered by a federal judge to wear an
electronic monitoring device.
Investigators allege in court papers that Kline kept a
diary in which he wrote about his sexual attraction to teenage boys and his
visits to shopping malls, Little League games and the shower area of an athletic
Kline's surrender follows a search of his Irvine home
Tuesday. Investigators said they uncovered five images on computer diskettes of
young boys engaging in sexual acts. ....
According to court documents, Kline admitted that he
sometimes views illegal images on his computer at home. ....
In arguing that Kline's contact with the public should
be kept at a minimum, assistant U.S. Atty. Deidre Elliot referred to the diary,
which investigator found at his home. A customs investigator described the diary
in court papers, claiming that Kline wrote about "seeking contact" with boys.
The above report reminds me of a report a
number of years ago where a San Diego judge plead guilty to three counts of
child molestation with three different boys and was fined $150 per count.
The single offense rate was less than you would now pay for running a
red light at a photo intersection in Los Angeles, which is $270. He even got to
keep his position on the bench.
Perhaps, now the alleged offense here is
taken a little more seriously as criminal conduct and unbecoming of a
judge. Are they now raising the standard for judges because of more public
attention on the judiciary?
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