Man who blamed cat gets 12.5 years

JENSEN BEACH, Fla., Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A Florida man who blamed his cat for downloading child pornography pleaded no contest to 25 felony charges, earning him 12 1/2 years in prison.

Keith Griffin, 49, of Jensen Beach, Fla., pleaded no contest to the 25 felony charges, which involved possession of child pornography images on his computer, after initially telling Martin County sheriff's deputies in August 2009 that the images were downloaded as a result of his cat jumping on his keyboard while he was away from home, reported Thursday.


Circuit Judge Sherwood Bauer sentenced Griffin to 12 1/2 years for each count with the sentences to be served concurrently. He was given credit for 397 days served and added to the state's sex offender registry.

Prosecutors said they dropped 75 identical charges against Griffin in exchange for the no contest plea. They said more than 1,000 images of child pornography were found on his computer.

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