Man to spend 30 years in jail

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A man who authorities say collected child pornography on his government computer and sent copies out on the Internet was sentenced to 30 years in prison Friday.

Ricky Labrew, 36, of Ridge Spring, S.C., pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to 56 counts of sexual exploitation of children.

"You gave these children a life sentence. I'm tempted to give you a life sentence," Judge Duncan D. Wheale told Mr. Labrew on Friday.

Assistant Attorney General Kimberly Schwartz said the case started with a tip from Yahoo about certain images being uploaded.

The tip was forwarded to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and agents followed the trail to a computer Mr. Labrew used in his job as a project manager for the Georgia Department of Transportation, Ms. Schwartz said.

Mr. Labrew downloaded thousands of images of adults engaged in sex with children as young as infants, Ms. Schwartz said. He was accused of having saved, sorted and named files of child pornography.

The Center for Missing and Exploited Children has been able to find some of the abused children in seven different states and six foreign counties, but some have not been found, Ms. Schwartz said.

"It brought tears to my eyes," Judge Wheale said of the images.

Ms. Schwartz asked the judge to consider that the children are victimized every time someone views the images, and that the images show the victims being controlled and physically hurt. Mr. Labrew not only collected these images, he also sent them to others, she said.

Defense attorney Maureen Floyd asked the judge to consider mercy.

Mr. Labrew was relieved when he was caught in May 2004, she said. He immediately went into counseling for sex offenders, and there is no evidence he has looked at child pornography again, Ms. Floyd said.

Mr. Labrew told the judge he was disgusted but couldn't stop until he was caught. Now it tears him apart to think he could have looked at such abuse, Mr. Labrew said.

In explaining his 30-year sentence, Judge Wheale said a message needed to be sent.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.

ABOUT THE CASE


Ricky Labrew, 36, a worker with the Georgia Department of Transportation, was sentenced for collecting child pornography on his computer.


PROSECUTION SAID: Mr. Labrew not only collected these images, he also sent them to others.


DEFENSE SAID: Mr. Labrew was relieved when authorities caught him and immediately went into counseling for sex offenders.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/01/08 - 03:28 am
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I guess this perversion isn't

I guess this perversion isn't protected yet so it's not referred to as a genetic propensity. GOOD! When the perv gets out, send him to Europe or Asia. I'm sure there's a few countries where his anomaly is appreciated.

helpicantfindthespacebar
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helpicantfindthespacebar 03/01/08 - 03:40 am
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30 years? It's disgusting

30 years? It's disgusting that the taxpayers have to foot the bill for this slime for one day, let alone 30 years. He is no better than any child molester out there, and should be treated no differently. They CANNOT be fixed, and locking him up until he's in his 60's will not render him no threat to society upon release. Money would be better spent on a 30 caliber.... not 30 years.

He_Who_Must_Not_Be_Named
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He_Who_Must_Not_Be_Named 03/01/08 - 06:31 am
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Yep, no fixing these people.

Yep, no fixing these people. We would be well served to stop trying to understand them and just get rid of them...final solution style.

Dark_Knight
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Dark_Knight 03/01/08 - 06:41 am
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ummm. No comment.

ummm. No comment.

justputtin
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justputtin 03/01/08 - 07:13 am
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He can't control himself, uh

He can't control himself, uh let's make sure he never gets out then. He's admitting he won't stop, ever. Leave him in jail forever. And once again, Patricia Thomas makes an idiotic comment about sending the perv to Europe or Asia where his anomaly(big word for you "TP") is appreciated. What do you have against people in Asia and Europe??????? You are a racist and a snob.

christian134
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christian134 03/01/08 - 07:49 am
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What needs to be done with

What needs to be done with this trash is to throw them away like the trash they are. We spend millions housing this vermin-three meals, tv, dry clean clothes-redirect that money buy an island put them all there and forget them. God will take care of the rest......

keepinitreal
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keepinitreal 03/01/08 - 08:15 am
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Think maybe he must have been

Think maybe he must have been sexually abused as child himself and won't come forward for help so he can hopefully deal with it? I guess it's a minute too late.

TruthJusticeFaithHope
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TruthJusticeFaithHope 03/01/08 - 09:16 am
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Another tragic aspect to this

Another tragic aspect to this case... one which is unwritten, is that Judge Wheale will soon retire. Judge Wheale and Judge Brown are two local judges who sentence child abusers, pedophiles and predators appropriately. I have seen susptended sentences given for convicted sex offenders, by some of our other Judges. Which costs more, paying to incarcerate these evil terror mongers, or letting them free to rape our children? No good news here. We have to pay to keep them locked up. Keeping children safe is the best approach, although it is very difficult when they are so vulnerable to predators.

fd1962
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fd1962 03/01/08 - 09:29 am
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What happened to the 'all are
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What happened to the 'all are God's children crowd?' Bloodthirsty escort to Devil's Island provided. What about redemption? At least for non-Muslims?

TruthJusticeFaithHope
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TruthJusticeFaithHope 03/01/08 - 09:37 am
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Another tragic aspect to this

Another tragic aspect to this case... one which is unwritten, is that Judge Wheale will soon retire. Judge Wheale and Judge Brown are two local judges who sentence child abusers, pedophiles and predators appropriately. I have seen susptended sentences given for convicted sex offenders, by some of our other Judges. Which costs more, paying to incarcerate these evil terror mongers, or letting them free to rape our children? No good news here. We have to pay to keep them locked up. Keeping children safe is the best approach, although it is very difficult when they are so vulnerable to predators.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/01/08 - 11:17 am
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Sandbagger, trouble with

Sandbagger, trouble with others social parameters? I'm the racist? Not sure what you call a snob. The definition seems to be subjective.

christian134
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christian134 03/01/08 - 01:39 pm
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fd1962 we are all God's

fd1962 we are all God's children but do not forget that Satan has his followers they are very real and very deadly. They can be forgiven by God and by man but we do not have to love their evil or overlook it.

justus4
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justus4 03/01/08 - 02:29 pm
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Where was this guy's
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Where was this guy's supervisor? He/she is responsibile too. They failed to properly manage their personnel. They too should be fired. How do these people get these good jobs? And what is they doing at taxpayer's expense? Wow! How many more are out there? What a disgrace.

rainboot
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rainboot 03/01/08 - 03:13 pm
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I see this from several

I see this from several angles. 1. A father - you harm my kids I go to jail for the fury I unleash upon you (at least my kids will know that I went to jail protecting them). 2. A son - my dad spent time in jail for a similar crime - so, I know there are real people behind these crimes - not always the animals we think they are. 3. An employer - as such you have the responsibility to monitor network traffic and keep your environment clean from this sort of thing - this guy had thousands of images - sorry but that eats bandwidth and disk space - someone should have suspected something (unless, referring to #2, he was a nice guy with what seemed to be integrity). 4. A taxpayer - I helped fund my own father's time in prison - I help fund every criminal's stay at 401 - that is part of the deal. I don't like it - but, there is nothing any of us can do to stop it - except be proactive in your community and and help make Augusta a better place. I guess the alternative is to just sit at home - post your opinions about the degradation of society, the government, and argue about race and religion. Put down the keyboards and go outside and help a neighbor. Help a stranger. Just do something.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/01/08 - 03:48 pm
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rainboot, communication is a

rainboot, communication is a major part of every project. It just shouldn't be the only part. I don't see anyone saying this is all there is to their life. Most just want to post an opinion to get a response and discuss their differences. We all have to justify our positions to ourselves. If we're unable to, we change. Hopefully for the better. Hey, change and hope, I may be a democrat.

tdp
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tdp 03/01/08 - 04:01 pm
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I would much rather foot the

I would much rather foot the bill to keep him in prison than to let him roam the streets and victimize other precious babies. This disgusting pig makes me sick & I hope, I pray, he gets what he deserves in prison.

LynxRHot
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LynxRHot 03/01/08 - 05:54 pm
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Well, he will be somebody's

Well, he will be somebody's "child" when he gets to prison. I hope he suffers every day for the rest of his life at the hands of someone who wants to use him to get their thrills like those poor innocent children were used by sickos who performed the acts, took the pictures, and viewed them. SICK!

Chuchi
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Chuchi 03/01/08 - 09:18 pm
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"The Center for Missing and

"The Center for Missing and Exploited Children has been able to find some of the abused children in seven different states and six foreign counties, but some have not been found, Ms. Schwartz said." Well, that's one tiny sliver of good news out of this nauseating situation. Maybe the identified children will be helped and the unindentified ones will eventually be found. In exploiting these children Mr. Labrew may have inadvertently helped these children.

CKB
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CKB 03/01/08 - 10:48 pm
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This is one time I am very

This is one time I am very disappointed in Judge Wheale- and I am a fan of his. Pedophiles can not be cured. The judge said "You gave these children a life sentence. I'm tempted to give you a life sentence," What changed your Mind, Judge? I would much rather pay for some Georgia Power for cases like this- but I do not have to worry. He will eventually have his own judgement day in front of the REAL judge and he will be taken care of then. We do not have to judge him here. I do wonder why he did not get a life sentence though..... any thoughts anyone?

t.friar
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t.friar 03/02/08 - 01:17 am
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A life sentence is 20 year

A life sentence is 20 year eligibility for parole is 7 years on that. He probably had guidelines on that crime. which was the max. If he were a repeat offender he would have gotten a true life sentence. Being locked up for the rest of his natural life. Lets just pray for all of the children's well being.

211lover
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211lover 03/02/08 - 01:21 am
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now I know why I-20 is in the
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now I know why I-20 is in the shape it is!

truetolife
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truetolife 03/02/08 - 06:44 am
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he is still a freak however

he is still a freak however he should get 10 years if there was no sexual contact or any other contact with these children.

humbleopinion
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humbleopinion 03/02/08 - 08:34 am
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Why is it that offenders are

Why is it that offenders are always remorseful and "go into counseling immediately" only after they are caught? Just the same as murderers and other criminals that always seem to find Jesus soon after getting to prison. They just want to look good for parole boards. If this guy had truly felt bad about his actions he would have destroyed the hard drive in his computer and sought counseling before being caught. Maybe HE didn't touch any of the kids himself, but by HIS actions HE encouraged others to do so for HIS pleasure. HE'S just as guilty as the ones having sex with the kids.

silent_minority
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silent_minority 03/03/08 - 09:20 am
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Uh, actually this guy can be

Uh, actually this guy can be 'fixed'. I just got my male lab puppy 'fixed'. Nobody thought it was cruelty to animals. Mark 9:47: "And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell."

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