Walla Walla man sentenced in child porn case

Larry R. Mackler failed to take responsibility at his sentencing and received a sentence of more than seven years.

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WALLA WALLA -- A local man who pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography at his home last fall was sentenced Monday afternoon to more than seven years in prison after not taking responsibility for the crimes.

Larry R. Mackler, 58, of 1826 Melrose St., was ordered to serve a minimum of 85 months. The actual length of the prison term will be decided later by the state's Indeterminate Sentence Review Board. The maximum he will serve is 10 years.

The standard-range prison term he faced is about 61/2 to 81/2 years.

Mackler pleaded guilty June 24 to three counts of first-degree and one count of second-degree possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The charges stemmed from a tip Walla Walla police received that led to a search of Mackler's residence Oct. 19.

Officials said they confiscated a computer, several floppy disks and printed images of young nude girls, some of whom were being raped.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Joe Golden agreed when Mackler pleaded guilty to recommend Superior Court Judge John Lohrmann impose a sexual offender sentencing alternative for Mackler -- including up to a year in jail and required treatment -- if he was found to be amenable.

Mackler, who was brought from the County Jail to court Monday in a wheelchair, reportedly has mental and physical limitations from suffering a stroke.

He exhibited difficulty in speaking to Lohrmann. Therefore, his attorney, Gail Siemers -- speaking on his behalf -- told Lohrmann that Mackler believes any printed pictures of child pornography in his home could have been left over from a previous investigation by federal authorities, who had warned Mackler not to download those types of images over the Internet. Or, according to Mackler, someone else could have placed the images there, Siemers said.

At any rate, Mackler claims he couldn't physically reach the printed images because of his limited mobility. Also, Siemers explained, he doesn't understand why something illegal can be acquired over the Internet.

Mackler pleaded guilty because the images were there. "But he didn't use them for physical gratification," Siemers said.

Golden then argued against the sentencing alternative, telling Lohrmann officials found 42 printed images of child pornography and 450 images on Mackler's computer.

"If you're amenable to treatment, you have to take some sort of responsibility," Golden said.

"Mr. Mackler has taken none -- zero."

Lohrmann agreed, telling Mackler he's minimizing the crimes and pointed out they are not victimless. In handing down the 85-month minimum sentence, Lohrmann went along with the recommendation in a presentence investigation prepared by a Department of Corrections community corrections officer.

Lohrmann gave Mackler credit for the 60 days he's served in the County Jail since pleading guilty and placed him on community custody following his release from prison.

Mackler also will be required to register as a sex offender.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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