A Grafton man has been sentenced to 12-years in prison and 50-years
of supervised probation for possessing child pornography. Paul Elliot Buresh
had a pretrial conference Tuesday afternoon in Northeast District Court in Grafton.
Buresh pleaded guilty to 139-counts of unlawful possession of images of sexual
conduct by a minor. Each felony count is punishable to five years in prison and
a five-thousand-dollar fine. There was a plea agreement in Buresh's case.
He'll serve 12-years in prison and 50-years of supervised probation and
must register as a sex offender for life. Buresh gets credit for 439-days served.
Buresh was arrested and charged in January of 2012 with possession of
child pornography. The initial complaint alleged 15-counts but later was amended
to 139. Buresh had 82 videos and 57 still photos in his computer. There
are 139 individual children identified as missing and abused in those pornographic
Buresh agreed to the terms of the sentence and Judge Richard Geiger
accepted the plea agreement. Buresh admitted possessing the porn files but
claimed someone else put them there. Buresh claimed someone else had
access to the computer in his home but he couldn't produce evidence of that.
Buresh also admitted a jury could convict him on all 139-counts based on the
evidence. The maximum penalty Buresh could receive is 695 years in prison
and a fine of 695-thousand-dollars if convicted on each count. If Buresh
violates terms of his probation, Geiger could sentence him to that.
Buresh's attorney is asking for a hearing April third to request the
sentence be mitigated due to some mental health issues.
Walsh County State's Attorney Barbara Whelan told KXPO after
the hearing all 139 children in the pornographic files were under age 18, some
as young as age three.
Buresh remains in the Walsh County Jail in Grafton for now.