Trials and Arbitration

Clews gets 17.5 years for child pornography possession, distribution

Clews gets 17.5 years for child pornography possession, distribution

Two distinct and contradictory sides of Christian Clews emerged during a sentencing hearing on child pornography charges in a packed federal courtroom - a loving father, son and good friend eager to help anyone in trouble, and a predator with deviant sexual tastes who preyed on vulnerable teenage girls.

Those two aspects of the personality of Clews, 52, a Carmel Valley horse ranch owner and long-time member of the community planning board, were mirrored by the courtroom audience. On one side were supporters of Clews, while on the other were his alleged victims with their friends and relatives.

After listening to both sides, District Court Judge Dana Sabraw on Tuesday, Feb. 13,...

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