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Decatur man pleads guilty to possessing child pornography, gets 5 years probation

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Decatur man pleads guilty to possessing child pornography, gets 5 years probation

Douglas Solomon
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This story has been updated. 

Nearly two years after a Decatur man’s arrest on charges of sexual exploitation of children, he has entered a guilty plea.

Douglas Solomon, a man in his 70s, was arrested at a residence on West Davis Street in July of 2017. A Grand Jury subsequently indicted him on 10 counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children. The indictment says Solomon possessed photos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

According to court records, Solomon pleaded guilty to the charges. He’s receiving 5 years probation and will have to register as a sex offender.

A spokesperson for the District Attorney’s office, Sheena Screen, said the judge imposed a lighter sentence than the DA’s office asked for.

“The State recommended 10 years to serve five years, with the remainder to serve on probation,” Screen said. “The court, under its authority and discretion, imposed a sentence of five years to serve on probation.”

He will be prohibited from any unsupervised contact with minors, possessing any images of minors, possessing any form of pornography and will have to participate in sexual offender evaluation and treatment programs. A special condition added to his sentence says he can not enter the premises of any public pool.

Last month, Solomon’s attorney and the District Attorney’s Office confirmed he was negotiating a plea with the prosecution.

 
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