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White nationalist sentenced in child porn case

White nationalist sentenced in child porn case

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Before being sentenced to 23 months in prison on a child pornography charge, Kevin Alfred Strom stood up to tell what he called “the whole truth” of his case.

“I am not a pedophile, your honor,” Strom said. “I am in fact the precise opposite of what has been characterized in this case.”

Strom, 51, prepared a pages-long statement to read in front of Charlottesville’s federal court that touched on everything from a glossed-over sexual history to domestic issues involving his estranged wife, Elisha Strom.

Outside the courtroom, Elisha Strom expressed disbelief about her estranged husband’s sentence, which included 15 years of supervised release.

“It’s a joke,” Strom said. “Twenty-three months after everything he did. It’s a joke.”

The couple moved to Greene County in 2000, when Kevin Strom was working for the National Alliance, a West Virginia-based organization that has been described as a white supremacist group. Elisha Strom said they split from the group in 2005 and started the National Vanguard, a now-defunct “white nationalist” group.

The Stroms’ relationship took a turn for the worse a year later, when Elisha Strom came home to find her husband looking at pornography on the computer while naked, she said. The couple reportedly signed a notarized contract that required Kevin Strom to get help for pedophilia.

Police seized Kevin Strom’s computer in August 2006 during a raid of his home. He was arrested in January 2007 after a federal grand jury indicted him on five charges of possession of child pornography.

Kevin Strom also was charged with witness intimidation, based on allegations that he tried to keep Elisha Strom quiet about the child pornography, and with enticing a minor, based on claims that he had tried to woo a then-10-year-old Orange County girl. Both those charges later were thrown out.

Defense attorney Andrea Harris said Monday that the child pornography pictures found on the computer were not saved on the hard drive, and may have been part of the Internet cache. Strom said he believes the pictures came from a forum he visited that had been spammed with the “sleazy, disgusting, tragic” photographs.

After Strom finished reading his statement, U.S. District Judge Norman K. Moon suggested that he essentially said he was innocent of the charge to which he had pleaded guilty.

Moon’s sentence does not prevent Strom from seeing his children. However, Strom will have to register as a sex offender and attend a mental health program.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Gould said Strom would get credit for time served, although he wouldn’t confirm how much time was left on his sentence.

Strom was incarcerated in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail from January 2007 until February, when he was moved to the Central Virginia Regional Jail in Orange. Harris said he has been segregated from the other inmates because of his beliefs.

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