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Convict gets extra jail time under toughened child-porn law

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MADISON (WSAU)   A former U-W Madison doctoral student will spend at least three years in prison under a new state law passed in the last session that toughened penalties for possessing child pornography. A mandatory three-year prison term for all child porn cases has been on the books since April. And 31-year-old Jay Babcock of Madison will become the first Dane County resident to be sentenced under the new law today.

Three men in other counties have also received the mandatory prison time. Assembly Republican Mark Honadel of South Milwaukee proposed the measure, and it got support from both parties. He said judges were letting too many child porn convicts stay out of prison. Babcock was charged last June with 10 counts of felony child porn possession.

He pleaded guilty to four counts, and the other six were dropped in a plea deal.

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