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Former Lorain magistrate gets 8 yrs in prison

Posted at 9:14 PM, Jan 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-15 21:14:23-05

A Lorain man who was formerly a magistrate handling juvenile court situations has been sentenced to spend time in prison for his possession of child pornography. 

James J. Paterson, 49, of Lorain, was sentenced to more than eight years in prison for getting and keeping visuals of minors engaging in sexual conduct, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Paterson knowingly received several computer files containing visuals of real minors engaging in sexual conduct. It took place between Sept. 10, 2010 through or around Nov. 17, 2014. 

Paterson had two computers that contained child porn on March 30, 2014, according to court documents. 

According to The Morning Journal, Paterson was once a magistrate and worked under Domestic Relations Judge David Berta from 2007 to 2013, where he handled domestic and juvenile court matters.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael A. Sullivan.  The case was investigated by the Elyria Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.