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"70s child porn gets man a year in jail, probation

PRESCOTT - A man who ordered and then stored child pornography over 40 years ago on Monday was sentenced to a year in the county jail and lifetime sex offender probation.

Estel Richard Simonds pleaded guilty to eight counts of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor last month.

Simonds, 78, was originally charged with eight counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. Over 40 years ago, he ordered pornographic pictures of children "from the back of a magazine," from a source in Germany, his lawyer, Bruce Blumberg, said, and then stored the photos in his Camp Verde garage.

In the spring of 2011, when the couple decided to move to Phoenix, Blumberg said, they started selling off and giving away all the things they had accumulated.

Someone bought the box containing the illicit photos and reported it to police.

Simonds pleaded guilty to the charges, which each come with a maximum sentence of 7.5 years.

But, Blumberg said, he was offended, because the pornography Simonds ordered from Playboy magazine in 1971 was not illegal until 1978.

"He led a very questionable lifestyle some 40 years ago... he was what they called in the "70s a "swinger,'" Blumberg said, adding that Simonds had changed over the years and had been married for three decades.

Superior Court Judge Tina Ainley said, "This is a difficult case and an unusual one." She imposed the minimums under the plea Simonds accepted, a year in jail and lifetime sex offender probation.

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