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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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31.

sickened    

Thanks for the link earlier to the Rueter's website. This was included in part of the story:

"He also told the court that he had been abused himself as a child and wanted to "look into the eyes" of adult abusers on the Internet.
He said he had been "arrogant" for looking at child porn on his computer and said he realised there was no excuse.
Describing himself as "depressingly normal" for a man of his age, he told the court he regularly looked at adult porn on the Internet."

Normal?? Are you kidding me?? This is not normal behavior! This is the behavior of someone who needs to be locked behind bars for many, many years. Research?? Liar! This was a pattern he has had for a long time. How could a judge, jury not have seen through that and given him more time?? Changing my name now to disgusted!

2506 days ago
32.

Sillyme    

Yet Britain lets rapists, killers and actual paedophiles go free or get a slap on the wrist. This guy is lucky he was condemned and can pay for his crime and get help., as the real criminals are told, it's not your fault.. please don't be hurt by all the accusations and trauma of trial.

2506 days ago
33.

fulger    

http://www.criminalcheck.com
http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov
I've got 50 of them in a 5 mile radius.. freakin sick a-holes everywhere. They really should make it legal to let the public round these people up and hold public hangings.

2506 days ago
34.

Tangie    

Technology, and the internet will be the downfall of man.

2506 days ago
35.

KYJurisDoctor    

2506 days ago
36.

ksgirl    

How can anyone defend him?! It is for his character for a comedy?!?! What the hell is so funny about child abuse?!?! I agree with outraged parent. Those poor kids will be forever messed up. If anyone ever does something like that to my child, they better pray the police find them before I do.

2506 days ago
37.

Outraged Parent    

So back to the kids... To Ana, sickened/disgusted, Concerned Parent and Raw Deal -- again, what can we do the rescue these children? We should focus our anger and disgust not on these freaks, but on finding all these children who are god knows where, being held against their will - probably kidnapped, drugged, etc. We probably can't even imagine what other horrors they're experiencing.

Enough about the freaks - they're everywhere. We know this and need to protect our kids, all children, with our lives. But what do we do to help/find these little victims? That's what we should be talking about right now?

"Too much" - you're correct. The internet is the devil in disguise...

2506 days ago
38.

lpm    

Disgusting, sick people who can't be cured. They should all be put out of their misery since they can't control themselves and our innocent children suffer for it. And yes, the internet is an absolute playground for these sick-o's. Never before was so much sick material available to these kinds of people, and so easily. Tragic.

2506 days ago
39.

fulger    

No , we should focus on these freaks. The police and FBI do their job when children are involved because nothing makes them look better than rescuing a child. I'm also sure most child porn comes from other countries but as long as I feel safe there's no pedos around me I'm happy. What we can do is make punishment so severe that a potential pedophile wouldn't dare even touch a child. The internet is one of the easiest ways a pedophile can feed his desire so I think complete monitoring by ISPs for all people should be the best way. It should be a great deterrent. Castration, deportation, public hanging for anyone caught. I will gladly give up my right to privacy as long as my children are safe.

2506 days ago
40.

sickened    

As far as the children in these particular videos, the articles I read do not state whether the police are looking into this. They do say that this was part of a sting operation where American child porn was being downloaded by some of the warped people in Britain. Sounds like it was a combination of the two countries working together. I can do more research and see what has been done to find and help these children.
As far as protection for all children, I guess knowledge would be the answer. Get the facts out to caring adults, parents so that they can talk to the children about how to protect themselves, if able, how to tell someone if they are feeling uncomfortable about someone's behavior, or if they have already been abuse. We have to let the children know that no matter what has happened to them, we love them, unconditionally, and its not their fault. All of us need to be there for these children, hug them, let them know its okay to cry, even when its not your particular child. We need to make sure they have counseling and a way to voice whatever is on their minds about this. Its a lot of work, but, so needed. Trust me, I've been there.

2506 days ago
41.

Tangie    

I would think this man's wife, or any wife of a pedophile, is just as sick as him, to stay marred to him.

2506 days ago
42.

i love them    

Yea wifey-let him out so he can make videos of your kids-stupid bitch.
She needs to go to jail too for being so damn stupid.
I don't get it. If everyone hates pedophiles, why the hell do they get off with no punishment?
Guess thats what HELL is for!!!!!!

2506 days ago
43.

Mark    

He got off way too easy.

2506 days ago
44.

saquiny    


HE LOOKS LIKE HE WAS ON " TO CATCH A PREDATOR W/ CHRIS HANSON" SICK ENGLISH PERVERT.. HIS STUPID-ASS WIFE SHE'S SHE JUST WANT HER FAMILY BACK TOGETHER.....
BETTER WATCH OUT FOR THAT BASTARD, HE MIGHT BE TOUCHING IS KIDS NEXT...
PEDOPHILE SICK FREAK OF AN ACTOR.

2506 days ago
45.

Todd da Man    

I don't see what the problem is. Its not like he actually did anything to any children. All he did was to look at some movies off the internet. So what. There is nothing wrong with that. While that kind of stuff does not interest me, I see no problem with what others do.

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