Anchorage psychologist sentenced for child pornography possession

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - An Anchorage clinical psychologist has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for possessing child pornography. Dr. Russell Cherry, 51, was a neuropsychologist who treated children in Anchorage until he was indicted in June of this year.

He was charged with possession and distribution of child pornography after APD investigators found video showing child exploitation on an IP address at his home in August of 2017. Cherry later pleaded guilty to one charge of possession of child pornography.

Friday a federal judge sentenced Cherry to four years in prison followed by 15 years of supervised release.

APD and the FBI searched his home and found hundreds of images on a number of devices that belonged to Cherry. According to court documents, Cherry admitted to searching for and downloading the images for his own “curiosity.”

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The case came about as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to fight child exploitation.

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