Criminal Justice

Worst. Prosecution. Ever.

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Man faces up to 10 years in prison for possession of Simpsons porn:

A former middle school teacher in Meridian has pleaded guilty to possession of visual representations of child sex abuse.

The U.S. Attorney's office said Steven Kutzner, 33, had downloaded more than 70 animated cartoon pornographic images on his computer. Many of them depicted child characters from The Simpsons.

Kutzner was a former middle school teacher at Lake Hazel Middle School in Meridian. He resigned immediately after the search warrant was served at his home.

Kutzner will be sentenced Jan. 5, 2011. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

Didn't Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition rule out these sorts of prosecutions?

MORE: According to the U.S. Attorney's office, though investigators only found the cartoons, as part of his plea bargain Kutzner "admitted installing two different cleaning programs on his computer and using them to erase child pornography files that he had downloaded."