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Evansville man gets 15 years in child porn case

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Ted Sullivan
January 14, 2011
— Richard A. Granzow was a loner who worked hard and had no criminal record, but he had a secret fascination with young children, court officials said Thursday.

He had a normal childhood, graduated from Evansville High School and had a good employment record, but he used sophisticated video technology to record young, nude children, they said.


Although Granzow has positive attributes, he is a danger to the public and needs intensive treatment.


Those were among the comments from Rock County officials before Granzow was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison and 15 years extended supervision.


Granzow, 43, Evansville, was sentenced in Rock County Court on five felony charges of possession of child pornography.


He spoke briefly before his sentencing, saying, “I’m sorry” and “I’ve learned from my mistakes.”


Granzow used wireless cameras to secretly record videos of nude children at a beach in Florida on May 23, Assistant District Attorney Anne Nack said.


A person at the beach saw him and called police, she said.


Granzow also recorded up a young girl’s skirt in Edgerton, Nack said.


Inside Granzow’s apartment, he had photos and videos of child porn and multiple camera systems, she said.


He also had newspaper clippings about child sexual assaults and possession of child pornography cases, Nack said.


The prosecutor asked for a 15-year prison sentence.


Granzow’s attorney, Robert Junig, said Granzow could be rehabilitated. He highlighted Granzow’s work history and crime-free record.


He said supervision after a prison sentence of three to five years was appropriate.


Judge Richard Werner said he thought Granzow was a deviant who had a lot of child porn.


He said Granzow has failed to accept responsibility for his behavior, claiming he was only curious. Werner said Granzow hasn’t acknowledged the victims in the case.


Werner said Granzow needed intense treatment in prison. He said he must be monitored closely after he gets released.



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