|Raymond Edward Kish|
By Michael Hewlett
A former dispatcher with the Winston-Salem Police Department was sentenced Thursday to five years in federal prison for possessing child pornography.
But Raymond Edward Kish, a former U.S. Marine who helped with rescue efforts in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks on the Pentagon, said in U.S. District Court that he was never interested in child pornography. His addiction was to adult pornography that started when he was 8 years old and was molested by a relative.
Kish, 35, said in court that he has struggled with his addiction to adult pornography for 27 years, and since his arrest has gone to counseling to deal with that and the sexual abuse he endured as a child.
J.D. Byers, his attorney, said Kish had used a file-sharing program called Limewire to download adult pornography to his computer. But that program also would download child pornography, according to Byers. When Kish discovered this was happening, he anonymously contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and he would routinely delete child pornography that was downloaded to his computer. When he was arrested last year, he had been out of town for a few days and had not had a chance to delete the child pornography that authorities found on his computer, Byers said.
“It’s a shame that he is going to spend years in prison,” Byers said in court.