PITTSFIELD -- A 35-year-old city man was given a year of probation for possessing child pornography after he pleaded guilty to the charges on Tuesday in Berkshire Superior Court.

Scott L. Graham, 35, admitted on Tuesday to possessing child pornography images and videos that were downloaded onto his personal computer via an online file sharing program. He pleaded guilty to five counts of possession of child pornography.

According to Second Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Robert W. Kinzer III, on July 19, 2010, state troopers assigned to the District Attorney's Office executed a search warrant at the residential mental health facility where Graham was living and found child pornography on his computer and other electronic storage devices in his room.

Graham later admitted to police he had intentionally sought out the pornography, Kinzer said.

Graham suffers from mental health problems and came from an abusive home, according to his attorney. He was deemed competent to face the charges, according to attorneys in the case.

Kinzer said they had agreed to probation because the defendant sought sex offender counseling on his own more than a year and a half ago, after the police investigation began, but before his arrest.

Graham's attorney, Michelle Mechta, said that her client had been proactive in dealing with his issues.

Judge Daniel A. Ford agreed to the joint recommendation of one year of probation with several conditions, including continuing his sexual offender counseling and mental health treatment.


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Graham forfeited all computers and media storage devices seized by police, must not own a computer or cell phone with Internet access and cannot possess any type of pornography during the probationary period. He will also be electronically monitored and will have to register with the state Sex Offender Board.

The maximum sentence for the crime is five years in state prison.

The investigation was conducted by state troopers assigned to the District Attorney's Office and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

The state ICAC is part of a federally funded network that focuses on "offenders who use the Internet" and other communication systems "to sexually exploit children,"according to the Berkshire DA's website. In Massachusetts, the ICAC is coordinated by the state police.