A former vice president of Pfizer, who was convicted of possessing child pornography, was ordered to pay the girl in the photographs, $200,000 in restitution by a Bridgeport, Connecticut, federal judge.
Alan Hesketh is the first person in America to be convicted of possessing illegal images of a minor, without being the one who created them.
According to authorities, Hesketh, who was fired from his job as Pfizer’s vice president and global patent director, used Google “Hello” program to exchange hundreds of images of child pornography and to engage in online “chats” about sexual molestation of children.
When he was arrested in March of last year authorities found thousands of photographs of children including many of the now 19-year-old girl, which were taken while a family member was molesting her, when she was 8 or 9.
In October of last year, Hesketh was sentenced to 78 months in prison, but not before he tried to escape.
U.S Immigrations and Customs stopped him at Kennedy Airport, in NYC, when he was about to get on a plane heading to him birth home of England.
Hesketh’s attorney said that he would appeal the order, calling it unreasonable and saying, “my client had no contact with the woman, and defendants should only pay restitution to victims whose injuries they directly caused.”
His attorney also said that the young woman did not prove that she was one of those whose image turned up on his client’s computer, and those who actually participated in creating pornography in other cases were ordered to pay less restitution than his client.
The U.S. Justice Department has made a greater effort to identify victims whose images have turned up in child pornography cases.
They recently started turning over the images to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which as a database to help authorities identify victims.