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4 Years for Sex Offender Who Watched Child Porn in Library

The man had prior convictions for molestation and lewd acts on a child.

A registered sex offender from Culver City was sentenced to four years in state prison on a charge accusing the 56-year-old man of looking at child pornography in the Santa Monica library.

Richard Francis Gibbons was sentenced after signing a plea agreement with Los Angeles County prosecutors in November, the Santa Monica Police announced Thursday. In the deal, Gibbons pleaded guilty to one count of being in control of child pornography.

The police arrested Gibbons Oct. 9 at the Santa Monica Library Ocean Park branch at 2601 Main St. One week earlier, a security guard reported observing a man viewing what he believed was child porn on one of the public computers.  The man left the library before he could be detained, said police spokesman Sgt. Richard Lewis.

"The suspect returned to the library and was observed viewing child pornography by a plainclothes officer assigned to the case," Lewis said. "During a search of Gibbons' personal property, he was found to be in possession of knit gloves and duct tape."

The Culver City man has three prior convictions. He was previously found guilty of two counts of annoying or molesting a child under the age of 18 and one court of lewd or lascivious acts with a child younger than 14, according to the Megan's Law website.

Glenn E Grab December 14, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Just curious, how why was this available on a library computer?......isn't that kind of stuff blocked?...
mimi December 14, 2012 at 04:52 PM
This creep is the ideal candidate for chemical castration. Jail time is pointless. He will do his time, get out and go back to this behavior. If we don't push for chemical castration now, than when? After another child is kidnapped, raped, killed and mutilated?
Glenn E Grab December 14, 2012 at 05:23 PM
mimi, chemical castration?....what's wrong with a hammer?....
mimi December 15, 2012 at 04:02 PM
glen- I sure understand your sentiment and can appreciate it. However, violence isn't my preference.
Glenn E Grab December 16, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Mimi, imagine what those kids he molested went through...
Michael K March 09, 2013 at 03:30 PM
In your discourse, Mimi and Glenn, you both appear to be convinced that castration (be it chemical or surgical -- or as suggested by Glenn -- unconstitutionally "cruel and unusual") is a viable solution. Popular imagination nothwithstanding, eliminating sex drive by castration has not been proven to eliminate the threat of molestation or rape.
Glenn E Grab March 09, 2013 at 04:23 PM
how about the electric chair?...

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