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Colo. talk host guilty of child abuse

GOLDEN, Colo., Feb. 7 -- A Colorado jury Tuesday convicted a self-proclaimed 'right wing' talk show host of child abuse stemming from a spanking that injured his 7-year-old stepson. Bob Enyart, 36, was found guilty of child abuse, a Class One misdemeanor, and will be sentenced March 27.

He could receive up to two years in prison and a fine of as much as $5,000. Acting as his own attorney, Enyart acknowledged during his trial that he used a belt and a paddle to spank the boy but denied prosecutors' assertions that he crossed the line. Photographs presented as evidence showed welts on the boy's buttocks. Enyart, who was jailed in Boulder and Denver in 1990 for his role in abortion protests, was slated to go to trial Wednesday in Colorado Springs on child abuse charges related to another spanking of the boy. Homosexual advocates have blasted Enyart and demanded his television talk show, 'Bob Enyart Live,' be taken off the air because of his frequent remarks about gays and lesbians. The show, aired in the Denver area on cable television, is also shown in Milwaukee, Indianapolis, New Orleans and other markets. The Denver gay community became outraged last month after Enyart read the obituary of a Denver homosexual who died of AIDS, held up the victim's photo he labeled 'ex-sodomite' and said the man belonged to a 'homo church.' Station management ordered him to stop the practice.

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