Pa. court upholds man’s life sentence for sharing child pornography

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Pennsylvania Superior Court has denied a new trial for a Lancaster County man serving a life sentence for sharing child pornography.

James F. Sellard, 74, of Conestoga, had argued that police used an illegal search when they gathered evidence against him. Authorities said he was sharing 13 videos and 14 photographs when they searched his computer in June 2013.

The conviction was Sellard’s fourth for a sex offense. He was convicted of sodomy in 1964 and indecent assault of a child in 1978 and 1985.

According to the district attorney’s office, sex offenders with at least two qualifying, prior convictions of sex abuse are subject to a mandatory life-in-prison term for their third offense.

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