Sunday, July 14, 2013

OR - Colby McCormick, ex-politician and cop who amassed more than 3,000 child porn videos, sentenced to prison

Colby Michael McCormick
Original Article


By Steve Mayes

A former police officer, politician and Gulf War veteran blamed battlefield exposure to toxic chemicals as one factor that led him to amass thousands graphic videos depicting sexual abuse of young girls.

Colby Michael McCormick, 46, was sentenced Friday in Clackamas County Circuit Court, after pleading guilty to eight counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the second degree.

McCormick, a supply technician at the Portland VA Hospital, was arrested in June 2012 when child pornography investigators discovered his online activities. He was released from the Clackamas County Jail on his own recognizance and immediately resumed his online activities. He was arrested again Sept. 11.

Altogether, McCormick downloaded some 3,000 hardcore videos of girls engaged in sexual behavior, many with adult male relatives.

Circuit Judge Eve Miller sentenced McCormick to three years and four months in prison.

Prosecutor Bryan Brock sought a sentence of more than seven years.

McCormick, a former Marine, said he suffered from Gulf War syndrome related to his deployment in Iraq in the early 1990s. Exposure to toxic substances have been linked to fatigue, depression and other maladies suffered by military personnel.

McCormick, who lived in an apartment near Clackamas Town Center, claimed he turned to child pornography when he was in a depressed mental state.

Dr. Robert Stanulis, a psychologist, testified that Gulf War syndrome could be a factor in McCormick's aberrant behavior. He testified there is scientific evidence to substantiate the connection.

McCormick may be one of the first defendants in Oregon to invoke a new state law that allows a person's military service to be used as a mitigating factor at sentencing. Senate Bill 124, which went into effect June 6, is retroactive and applies to criminal cases that have not been resolved.

McCormick offered a tearful apology for his crimes and family members spoke in support, asking that he receive sex offender treatment. Former Jefferson Mayor Mike Myers also spoke on McCormick's behalf, praising his public service.

McCormick was a Jefferson city councilman, a member of the city's police force and had been a Jefferson Rural Fire Protection District battalion chief.

In 2000, he ran as the Democratic candidate for what was then House District 30. He was defeated in the general election.

"They portrayed him as a veteran and a public servant who should be treated differently, and argued he get some kind of discounted sentence because of it," Brock said. "I wanted the court to judge him by his current behavior, not on what he did in the past."


Loneranger said...

Well another Clackamas county DA steps up and say he wants this man judged on what he has done recently not by his past. Well this man has a past that some would say is very good. So I guess that doesn't count for anything when you want a conviction. However these same DA's go to the house of Representatives and lobby a bill to tier sex offenders and say it doesn't matter what their present situation is we want them judged on their past. Whatever crime they have committed maybe 20 years ago must be looked at as if it happened yesterday. Never mind what they might have been doing over the last two decades to better themselves and their families. Never reoffending in the process. But in this case the persons present is more important as it hurts their case to consider his past. One has to wonder what is really going on with the DA's in Clackamas and Multnomah counties in Oregon. They tend to twist things however it benefits them. they don't want anything to stand in their way. Never mind who this person is or was as it's what's in front of them right now that is the most important. Or is it? Should we not consider all things before we totally condemn someone? Given the DA's in both the major counties in Oregon manipulate the system in their favor even going as far as congress to help create laws that are easy for them to manipulate. All for what? To show how smart they are and deserving of a higher office such as maybe judge. One has to wonder what is really going on in the back room here. Are these DA's in business for themselves? Personally in this case what he has done is enough to send him to prison. If guilty then he should pay the penalty. But if the DA's want to only use someone's past in a negative manner or discount any positive in a persons life this tend to look more like manipulation than striving for any kind of balanced justice. Since 1989 the DA's in Oregon have collectively convicted more then 20,000 sex offenders. The number is really much greater because this is only the ones that are currently on the registry that has been for life for most. The total number on the registry has never gone down as these DA's continue to harvest the male population in Oregon. Even when congress wants to find a way to reduce the numbers as after several decades on the registry a person has either rehabilitated and are no longer a threat or have been sent back to prison and that usually happens in the first three years. One has to wonder why these DA's go and spout to the Judiciary committee that they want people on this for life. What ever they have done to rehabilitate themselves is not important when they pass their personal judgement. Sadly they got their way and the new bill passed with what they wanted. Now it is mostly gutted and congress will only find this out years down the road. In the meantime the DA's business goes on as usual and the numbers grow. When will this end? If the DA's continue it won't be in my lifetime or possibly my grandchildrens as it takes years to prove any change to a system and frankly the way it looks Oregon will still retain most for life as people don't live forever and this list will continue to grow becoming more expensive as it does. All because the DA said it's their past that is the most important. Oh wait now it's only the present when we want to convict.

Daver said...

For most DA's its not about justice, it's about getting a conviction!

Mark said...

And the "beat" continues - on-and-on.