58-year-old Roy Troughton had been accused of serious child pornography charges. A former landlord allegedly found four pictures of young boys that Troughton left in his apartment four years ago.
The defendant claimed he had a really hard life -- that his family shunned him after he came out as homosexual. He also said he faced health problems, legal issues, homelessness, and trouble finding and holding employment. But when he pled guilty earlier this month to child pornographic charges, Judge Robert Heinrichs responded with surprising empathy and lenience. Judge Heinrichs said “I can imagine it was a lonely, difficult world for you. The hell you’ve gone through."
The judge made the situation personal, delving into his own experience growing up in a tight-knit Mennonite community. He revealed a homophobic past: “When I think back on it, I'm ashamed of some of the things [my friends and I] did… we were probably really cruel and not fair and didn’t understand. I can only imagine how difficult it was for the one guy I am thinking of in particular. I don’t know where he is now.”
The judge gave Troughton a three-year suspended sentence, ordering 100 hours of community service and counseling. He must also stay away from anyone under the age of 16 without supervision.
Troughton, for his part, said: “I am just really sorry any of this happened in the first place. I want to get this part of my life behind me.” Troughton's criminal record apparently dates back decades and includes a conviction for assaulting a child.
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