In a case we covered March 16, a Downers Grove MD who faced a minimum of 6 years for possessing and disseminating child pornography, has been sentenced to 8 years in state prison by a DuPage County court.
Doctor Edward J. McMenamin, age 68, was initially charged with 17 counts of possessing and mailing illicit juvenile images when he was taken into custody last May outside his home. He was held pending $500,000 bail.
McMenamin, a family medicine practitioner for 35 years in Downers Grove, was arrested last year after authorities executed a search warrant and discovered numerous computer images of child pornography. He pleaded guilty to one count of disseminating the material, and could have gotten 30 years in prison.
Before sentencing, McMenamin read a statement to Judge Liam Brennan, saying that after his second marriage ended 10 years prior, he became an alcoholic and developed a morbid fascination with child pornography.
“I became a deplorable Jekyll and Hyde,” Edward McMenamin said, recounting a professional descent that ended Friday with a DuPage County judge sentencing him to 8 years in prison. He was Chairman of the Department of Family Practice at Good Samaritan Hospital.
“The court is painfully aware that every time child pornography is viewed or disseminated, the child victim is re-victimized,” Brennan said.
Here’s another view of the case:
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