The question I have is why such a short sentence?


Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that PAAL KLYKKEN, 35, was sentenced to 78 months in prison and supervised release for seven years for distributing and receiving child pornography. KLYKKEN pled guilty on September 1, 2016, before U.S. District Judge Valerie E. Caproni, who also imposed today’s sentence.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara stated: “Paal Klykken admitted to serially taking advantage of and victimizing his minor neighbor. Today, he has been sentenced to prison for his predatory criminal behavior.”

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in related court proceedings:

From at least early 2015 up to and including January 2016, KLYKKEN communicated by email and a social messaging app with a minor girl (the “Minor Victim”) who lived in a neighboring apartment. Because of the relative positions of their respective apartments, KLYKKEN was able to view inside the Minor Victim’s bedroom from his own apartment window while they communicated. The communications were often sexual, and KLYKKEN repeatedly enticed the Minor Victim to pose in sexual positions and engage in sexually explicit conduct while KLYKKEN watched from his home, often with the aid of a camera.

On March 18, 2016, KLYKKEN was arrested in Manhattan. After his arrest, KLYKKEN admitted, among other things, that, in addition to the conduct with the Minor Victim, for approximately 18 years, he had live-streamed and downloaded child pornography.


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Mr. Bharara praised the efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and expressed deep appreciation for the contribution of the New York City Police Department Vice Major Case Squad to this investigation.

The prosecution is being handled by the Office’s General Crimes Unit. Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan Rebold is in charge of the prosecution.

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