Ex-doctor's sentence upheld on child pornography charges

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 1:00 PM
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ATLANTA — A federal appeals court has upheld the 35-year prison sentence of a former Gainesville doctor convicted of child pornography.

Gregory Kapordelis, an anesthesiologist, was convicted in May 2007 of six counts of downloading child pornography and using boys to produce pornographic pictures between 2001 and 2004.

Among other claims, Kapordelis argued that the warrant for a search of his home, which yielded numerous computer images, was invalid because it was based on claims that he had molested boys in St. Petersburg, Russia. The initial charge, that he had traveled abroad to have sex with children, was later dropped.

A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected that and other arguments by Karpodelis in an opinion Monday.

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