Chesterfield man gets 5 years for child porn
By Blake Belden, Staff Writer
Oct 18, 2013, 15:03
CHESTEFIELD — A Chesterfield man who kept what he called a “fortress” of child pornography was sentenced to five years in prison on Thursday morning.
Harry Lee Palmquist Jr., 45, pleaded guilty in July to one count of distributing child pornography, a felony that could have landed Palmquist up to 20 years in prison.
At the U.S. District Court in Richmond on Thursday, Judge James R. Spencer handed Palmquist the minimum term of imprisonment, 60 months, in addition to five years of supervised release after prison and a $25 special assessment.
A federal grand jury had previously indicted Palmquist in April on three counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of receipt of child pornography, but on the day he was scheduled to go before a jury, he struck a plea deal with the prosecutors.
Palmquist was discovered by a detective from the Richmond Police Department in 2012, while the detective was investigating the sharing of child pornography files through a peer-to-peer network over the Internet, according to a court affidavit.
When searching Palmquist’s home, at 14600 Talleywood Court, just south of Chester, FBI agents found an upstairs room secured with a keypad-style lock. Palmquist gave agents the combination to the room, which was locked at the time, and he said he was the only one who had access to the room. He referred to the room as his “fortress.”