She recalls: "This penis was where [the toddler's] was, but it was ginormous! He said he visited adult porn Web sites, but that he'd never looked at child pornography.In any case, he argued, he never saved smut of any sort to his hard drive.
Earlier this summer, Roderick Mc Arthur shuffled into a courtroom at the Thomas F.
Eagleton Federal Building for his sentencing hearing.
Hunched over his walker, the 77-year-old Ballwin man was trailed by his wife and two middle-aged women who came in support.
Mc Arthur's pale blue eyes welled with tears as he waited for Senior Judge Donald Stohr to take the bench.
On April 2, the judge had found Mc Arthur guilty of possessing child pornography, and now, because of a prior offense, he faced a ten-year minimum prison term. Attorney Carrie Costantin argued that Mc Arthur deserved a stiffer penalty because he'd shown a pattern of deviant behavior.
On this Friday morning of July 25, the only question left unresolved was whether Stohr might mete out an even longer sentence. In 1986, Mc Arthur pleaded guilty to child sodomy, and Costantin read aloud the statement he gave police more than twenty years ago.