A Pearland man who said he was a nudist who found nothing wrong with taking pictures of naked children was sentenced today to 12 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release, the U.S. Attorney's office announced.
Maybe the long term is due to the fact that besides arty nude shots, his collection also included hundreds of images of prepubescent girls "engaging in oral and vaginal sex with adult males....[and] bondage, penetration, oral sex and masturbation," prosecutors say.
William Scott Nelson, 63, pleaded guilty to the charges in December.
Investigators tapping into a child-porn file-sharing service traced a computer to Nelson's address and got a search warrant where they found the incriminating evidence.
"Nelson voluntarily went to the Pearland Police Department for an interview at which time he admitted to officers to being a nudist with the belief that photos of nude children were not wrong," prosecutors said today. "Nelson also told officers how he searched for child pornography on the Internet, stored it and had collected it over many years."
Nelson has been in federal custody since his March 2010 arrest.