SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A man prosecutors say is one of the nation's most prolific child molesters was sentenced Monday to 152 years in prison for abusing two 12-year-old boys. Dean Arthur Schwartzmiller, 65, leaned on a cane and said nothing in his defense as he was sentenced for child molestation and possession of child pornography. When Schwartzmiller was arrested in June 2005, investigators found a memoir describing abuse, binders full of child pornography and 1,500 notebook pages with headings including "blond boys," "no, but yes boys," and "best of the best, 13 and under." Schwartzmiller, who had at least three molestation convictions and a dozen arrests over three decades, molested hundreds of boys, prosecutor Steve Fein said. Schwartzmiller acted as his own attorney during his October trial, telling the jury that he was innocent and maligned by a society that doesn't accept men who love boys. He also testified that his memoir and notebook entries were fiction. He said he could not have molested the two San Jose boys, who are cousins, because he was either at a construction job or bedridden with a bad back at the time. And he blamed his roommate, also a convicted child molester, for the porn. He has been arrested on child molestation charges in New York, Idaho, Oregon, Arkansas and Washington. He did not register as a sex offender, so he did not appear in the Megan's Law databases in California or other states, police said.
Hubble's main cameraloses observation ability
BALTIMORE -- Two thirds of the observation ability on the popular Hubble Space Telescope's main camera have been permanently lost following power supply problems, NASA announced Monday. The Advanced Camera for Surveys shut down again over the weekend, the third outage in less than a year for the instrument. The orbiting observatory entered a protective "safe mode" Saturday morning and an initial investigation has determined that its backup power supply failed, the space agency said. Observations are expected to resume this week using the Hubble's other instruments. One of the three cameras on the ACS, the solar blind channel, is expected to be returned to operation, possibly by the middle of February. The outlook is not good for the other two, said Dave Leckrone, a senior scientist on the Hubble Space Telescope project at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt. "We're not optimistic at all that those will be restored," Leckrone said.
Yearbook photo allowed
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A school district that initially refused to publish a yearbook photo showing a senior dressed in chain mail and holding a sword has agreed to print it after all, lawyers for both sides said Monday.
School officials still believe their decision to ban Patrick Agin's photo was correct, but they face a 600,000 deficit and couldn't afford the legal fight, said the district's attorney, Stephen Robinson. "It was strictly a cost-benefit analysis in the matter," he said. Agin, 17, dressed in costume for his senior photo. He belongs to the Society for Creative Anachronism, a group of 35,000 dues-paying members who stage mock battles, learn arts like calligraphy and conduct demonstrations in shopping malls. Portsmouth High officials claimed the photo violated the school's zero-tolerance policy for weapons. Agin and his mother sued with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, saying the decision infringed on his right to free speech. The school district will also pay 2,000 in legal fees, the ACLU said. The state education commissioner this month ordered the district to print the photo. School officials can regulate the yearbook's content, the commissioner said, but rules were being enforced unfairly, since past editions of the yearbook contain photos of toy guns, arrows and a knife. The school band's banner depicts a rifle-toting patriot.