Author Topic: Famed Long Island architect who designed homes for Clint Eastwood and Michael J. Fox sentenced for child porn possession  (Read 199 times)

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A once renowned architect who pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography was spared a jail term Friday by a judge in Long Island Federal Court.

Jay Lockett Sears, 75, was sentenced to time served — three weeks he spent in jail before making bail — and six months of house arrest by Judge Denis Hurley who said the decision was a “close call.”

Sears admitted last year that he had created sexually explicit images by taking photos of children’s faces at the beach, yacht club parties and society events on Long Island, then pasting the faces on the bodies of nude adults engaged in lewd acts.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Bode argued that Sears should receive a sentence between two and three years, but the judge was apparently swayed by the defendant’s advanced age, health issues and his charitable works in the community — an article written about him in the past included a photo of him wearing a white suit with angel-like wings attached to his back.

“Mr. Sears realizes now what he did was a crime,” said defense lawyer Richard Signorile.

Sears designed home for actors Michael J. Fox, Clint Eastwood, Susan Lucci and opera star Kathleen Battle. But he has fallen on hard times — the judge did not hit him in the wallet because Sears does not have the ability to pay a fine.

Authorities learned of his sick photo shopping after Sears discarded boxes of the pornographic images in the trash, which were discovered by a garbage collector at the Brookhaven town dump.

Federal agents seized hundreds of pictures which will be destroyed. Authorities were able to identify all six children in the images, ages 12 to 16, and confirmed that none had been physically harmed.

Sears is required to register as a sex offender.

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