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Brit Actor Langham Sentenced in Kiddie Porn Trial

9/15/2007 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

British actor Chris Langham was sentenced in England today to 10 months in jail for downloading "horrific" child porno videos from the Internet. Last month, a jury of seven men and four women found Langham guilty on 15 charges.

Maidstone Crown Court Judge Philip Statman said one of the children in the video was about eight years old, while others ranged from 11 to 13. "All have had inflicted upon them horrifying sexual abuse and I want to make this absolutely clear to you, I must first think of those children. They are too young to consent."

Langham was arrested in November of 2005, when police discovered several videos on his computer and in an external hard disk drive. He said in court that he downloaded the images because he was developing a character for the BBC series "Help." Langham admitted viewing the videos but said during trial that he plead not guilty so he wouldn't be called a pedophile.

The actor's wife, Chrisse, read a statement in court saying she was angry at his stupidity and thoughtlessness, and that their children miss him desperately. "Our family has suffered so much in the last two years. We now need the chance to be together." Langham has been in the pokey for the past 43 days and is expected to be released in less than four months.

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1.

CH    

oh boo hoo.. HE DESERVES 10 YEARS!!!

2532 days ago
2.

jim    

10 months? it should be 10 years

2532 days ago
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Kay    

There seems to be a lot of "research" going on these days. If he want to develop some character he should work on his own.

2532 days ago
4.

Mrs. Harvey Levin    

"Our Children Miss Him" - What a pathetic woman! The minute I knew about this, my husband would be out the door and I would get a restraining order from him. SICK PERVERT - HE DESERVES TO ROT IN JAIL!!!!

2532 days ago
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Amy Silverman    

The Truth-Can you do it???? TMZ Eddie Griffin was spotted at the HIP NEW Atlanta Marriott Marquis Bars High Velocity & Pulse dinking the Clique Yellow Label-The BEST-with HOTT babes all around!!!!!!!!! and he was very-very nice & normal

2532 days ago
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Brucef310    

They should lower the age of consent for people like this. Congrats buddy.

2532 days ago
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thegardener    

You have got to be kidding? 10 monts???? And some advice for the wife, are you an idiot? Run, run fast and far and take your children with you.

2532 days ago
8.

Shelley    

Only 10 months? Sounds like he got off easy to me. 20 years would have been more appropriate!

2532 days ago
9.

lilybelle    

There is no cure for these twisted sons of bitches, they all should be shot in the head.

2532 days ago
10.

CELEBRITIES    

Putting someone like that in prison does not do anyone any good.

If this was for research for a character it is not the same as someone who is doing it for lust and who does it time and time again.

The Judge should have given him the benefit of the doubt if he had been a law abidding citizen all of his life.

Also, his wife and children have suffered enough - they should not have to suffer any more.

Since this was a high profile case - the Judge may have been under more pressure to be strict.

2532 days ago
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Seriously    

Pedophiles are a scruge in the world, and I believe these sorts of crimes need to bear much, much stiffer penalties, such as CASTRATION!!! and then LOBOTOMIES! A freak down-loads kiddie porn, surgically alter them sexually, and turn their brains into the consistency of scrambled eggs, and keep them all penned in ONE area and NEVER let them out and only feed them bread and water once a day MAYBE!

2532 days ago
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Seriously    

MISS UNIVERSE?!? Oh, and let's start with the person whose screen name is MISS UNIVERSE. IDIOT. It was NOT for a character. That is absurd. Let's stick you in the same pen we will be sticking all the other surgically altered, lobotomized ZOMBIES! Sounds like you condone that crap! There is NO EXCUSE for downloading child pornography!

2532 days ago
13.

JUnky    

Apparetnly, if you google him, he also seduced a 14 year old and had anal sex with her (buggery they call it in England) for 3 years. This also came out in court.

That's so NOT RESEARCH, eh??

2532 days ago
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megatronscrotch    

What a disgusting thing this guy did... but what's just as disgusting are all the house fraus and their shotgun justice. :oP Sadly, when we decided to be civilised, this civillity extended not only to the least of criminals but the worst of them as well. All that's been proven is he looked at the stuff, not that he physically did anything at all to hurt anyone. In which case he is serving the time of receiving illegal material, and that's all he can and should be charged with. A year in jail and years of probation and a lifetime of the world knowing he did this is fitting.

2532 days ago
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Seriously    

Fine, MEGASTRONSCROTCH (how fitting). Whatever you say, megatronsCROTCH.

2532 days ago
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