KENAI — A registered sex offender who fled to Mexico after he was charged with possession of child pornography has been sentenced to more than a decade in prison.
Kevin, Patterson, 42, of Soldotna was convicted in January at a non-jury trial of seven counts of possessing child porn.
Kenai Superior Court Judge Carl Bauman on Thursday sentenced Patterson to 17 years in prison but suspended five years. The judge ordered probation for 10 more years, restrictions for Patterson’s use of electronics and the Internet, and lifelong registration as a sex offender.
The judge also ordered Patterson to participate in sex offender treatment,
Patterson denied breaking the law.
“I was really hurt when I was found guilty of something I didn’t do,” he said.
Defense attorney Shelley Chaffin said Alaska lacks adequate sex offender treatment programs. She said Patterson’s chance for recovery would be fairly high with the right rehabilitation efforts in prison and after he is released
Prosecutors said aggravating circumstances called for a longer sentence. Assistant Attorney General Marika Athens said Patterson has no intention of changing his behavior.
“The only way he is going to be stopped from victimizing children on the Internet is by having him in jail,” Athens said. “He doesn’t think what he did was wrong.”
Patterson was convicted in 2005 of similar charges in Minnesota. He moved to Alaska as a registered sex offender.
Probation officer Jennifer Paz in April 2009 reported Patterson was violating probation by using the Internet.
Search warrants were served on Patterson’s electronic devices and his parents’ computers. Investigators found more than 1,000 images and videos.
He was charged in January 2010 with possession of child porn. Patterson fled but was arrested on Dec. 30, 2010, in Mexico City.