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Judge to sentence ex-disc jockey this week



Published: Mon, August 22, 2011 @ 12:09 a.m.

By Peter H. Milliken

milliken@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

William “Scott” Kennedy, the former longtime Y-103 morning disc jockey who pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography, is facing not only prison time and a fine but also a nearly $1 million victim-restitution claim backed by the U.S. attorney.

Senior U.S. District Judge Alan N. Bloch will sentence Kennedy, 55, of Hermitage, Pa., at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in Pittsburgh.

Kennedy, who has been jailed since his May 3 guilty plea, faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000, or both. Kennedy is being detained in the Beaver County, Pa., jail, pending sentencing.

Federal investigators first became aware of Kennedy in an Internet chat room, then searched his home, seized his computer and discovered the illegal files in December 2009.

The files included three videos and 238 images, including some of children under age 12.

Federal-court documents state some of this material showed minors engaged in sex acts and that the FBI was able to identify 19 victims from Kennedy’s videos and images.

Through her lawyer, one of the victims has submitted a $963,286 restitution claim in the Kennedy case, the U.S. attorney said in a recently filed court document.

That victim, now in her 20s, wrote in a victim- impact statement that the images of her being raped as a child can never be removed from the Internet.

“Every time they are downloaded, I am exploited again; my privacy is breached; and I feel less and less safe,” she wrote.

Although Kennedy is just one of many criminal defendants who have possessed this victim’s image, “His conduct is also a substantial factor in causing her continuing harm,” U.S. Atty. David J. Hickton said in a restitution brief.

Kennedy’s lawyer, James J. Ross, has filed a sentencing brief asking Judge Bloch to favorably consider Kennedy’s 37 years of employment in radio and his use of his employment “to further charitable and community causes.” “Other than his involvement in this case, the defendant has been a role model for children of his siblings, co-employees and members of the community. He has contributed greatly to charities and his community,” Ross wrote.

Ross also filed 21 letters from Kennedy’s friends, relatives, neighbors and broadcasting colleagues, two bank executives, and a former Ohio State Highway Patrol Canfield Post commander, supporting favorable consideration of Kennedy by Judge Bloch.

Ross urged the judge to consider the well-being of Kennedy’s wife, Carol, when imposing a fine.

Because Kennedy holds all but one of his assets jointly with his wife, “Imposing a substantial fine will significantly undercut the assets of defendant’s wife who had no involvement in this case,” Ross wrote.

“These are retirement assets that Mrs. Kennedy will have to rely on,” Ross concluded.


Here are excerpts from some of the letters urging Senior U.S. District Judge Alan N. Bloch to give favorable consideration to William “Scott” Kennedy, the former Y-103 disc jockey, when he sentences him Thursday for possessing child pornography:

“I would hope your sentence would include compassion as well as punishment. I am certain Scott is truly, deeply remorseful. ... I would ask that, if a sentence involving treatment and counseling in lieu of detention is available, that course be taken.” — Gerry Ricciutti, WKBN and WYTV news reporter.

“Now that he has tripped up for the first time in his life, I ask for your mercy in regards to this. ... This is a good and decent man.” — John Batcho, “Mr. Sports,” afternoon radio announcer, WYFM, Youngstown.

“I hope you will impose a short sentence for Scott and perhaps sentence him to community service. ... It would be a waste of resources for him to sit in a jail cell. He has the capacity to help a lot of other people” — Susan DeLeo Novak of Warren, former WFMJ-TV newscaster and now a medical- sales representative.

“Scott Kennedy is one of the most genuine, giving and caring colleagues I have ever worked with in my 33 years of law enforcement.” — Brian W, Girts of Poland, former Ohio State Highway Patrol Canfield Post commander, who worked with Kennedy on traffic safety promotions.

“Because of my knowledge about the good that is inside of Scott Kennedy and the good things he can contribute as an active member of our society, I respectfully ask for your consideration in granting some leniency as you impose a sentence on him,” — Candace D. Sizer, vice president and Hermitage, Pa., branch manager, First National Bank of Pennsylvania, who has known Kennedy for 41 years.

“He has been publicly humiliated and must live with this for the rest of his life. I respectfully request the court to consider some leniency,” — Paul M. Tomko of Hermitage, Pa., senior vice president for commercial banking, NexTier Bank, and a classmate of Kennedy’s in the Sharon High School class of 1973.

Source: Testimonial letters filed with U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh


Comments

1whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

This Scott Kenedy is one demented person. He sure has alot of people standing up for him.

Personally they should remove his eyeballs and casturate him, this should solve his sexual problems.

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2steelwagon(284 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Just have to wonder if all these valley leaders would be so generous in their praise of this creep if one of their children had been a victim on the sick videos he apparently enjoys so much.

I totaly support the victim(s) and hope he's forced to pay restution along with a long prison sentence.
This guy is a closet creep and helps spread the explotation and sexual abuse of children.
That's what I hope the judge takes into consideration.

That said I do have to say I have great sympathy for Mrs.Kennedy .
She's obviously a decent person and a victim of Scott's lies and perversion.

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3misterlee(118 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Why do all of these people want to give him leniency? He possessed kiddie porn!!! If he watches that stuff who's to say he's never physically hurt a child. Many kids who are molested never come forth about it. This sicko should be locked up for a long time.

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4vinglass(221 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Why don't they publish the names of the people who are asking for leniency??

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5taxpayer1001(274 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

He should not get any special treatment just because he thinks he's a celebrity! He is guilty and deserves the same as any other pedofile! It's actually quite sad that these people have wrote letters on his behalf. As one poster said above, how would they feel if the victim was one of their own children?

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6taxpayer1001(274 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

vinglass-maybe you better read the article again. It clearly gives all names along with what they do.

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7Stan(9923 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

The web servers hosting this pornogarbage should be shut down . Why allow it to propagate ?

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8lovedrama(138 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

“Now that he has tripped up for the first time in his life, I ask for your mercy in regards to this. ... This is a good and decent man.” — John Batcho, “Mr. Sports,” afternoon radio announcer, WYFM, Youngstown.

Are you serious?!? He got caught for the first time! No " tripped up" would've maybe passed if he had one image then got caught, but 237? Plus videos? He is a pedophile! I can't even listen to you " Mr Sports" now that I know you're a supporter of this piece of crap.
Watch your children everyone! Over 95% of victims are molested by a close friend or family member or other knowm "trusted" individual.

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9CantStandYa(107 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Every one of the businesses listed above will receive a letter from me stating that I will no longer do business with them or any of their advertisers due to their company's public support of a criminal. I suggest anyone who feels the same, do the same.

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10southsidedave(4709 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Scum of our society that exploits children.

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11taxpayer1001(274 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

cantstandya6 - I totally agree with you! So just because none of these people knew about it before now and think he was such a good person, we should consider leniency. Absurd. So any pedofile that is caught for the first time should not be punished?? Mr. Sports, Susan DeLeo and all the rest of these people are crazy thinking that this is the first time he did anything. It's just the first time he was caught!

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12walter_sobchak(1749 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

The guy's life is ruined and he will have to register as a sex offender. What he did was outrageous but I don't see what sense it makes to incarcerate non-violent criminals in normal jails when there are violent, habitual criminals that should be locked up. Heavy fines and put him to some good use in working at some sort of facility.

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13lovedrama(138 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Walter: he is a habitual and horrible offender. Nobody racks up 237 images in a single crime. He probably delted or got rid of 3x that amount and probably much, much more. While I agree that all violent criminals should be locked up, take no exception to this one. I have studied sex offenders for the past 25 years before retiring last spring. All of them have multiple victims and maintenance behaviors to perpetuate their cycles. Would you trust a child you love, or any child, in this man's presence? No, you would not as I wouldn't and nobody who's not a total idiot would not either. There's no doubt he acted on these behaviors. Most offenders of this type get sloppy with pornography after they have escalated to the next level--meaning-they have now actual victims they have molested in person. The pornography maintains their cycles until they can gain access to a victim again. The main reason they gain access to a victim again, after being caught and outed like this, is because they have been so charming and manipulative in other areas of their lives, making those close to them doubt their risk level and want to prove they trust them. Just like all of the idiots mentioned up there giving their support. He would molest their kids in a heartbeat given the chance, killing their spirit and probably threatening them in any number of ways to keep them from telling. As a matter of fact anyone who's child has had contact with this creep should ascertain if any type of secret has been told to stay in place. Thats the first step.

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14DwightK(1179 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

He's not sorry a bit. If he was he would be making an attempt at restitution to this victim. He derived pleasure from viewing her rape as a child but all we hear about is his wife and how she will be taken care of.

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15ailierdroit(98 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

I hope he goes to a prison where every day is two for Tuesday and everyone else is the 103rd caller.

I never thought anyone at Y103 could make John Batcho look more civil. Once again, it's a case of the media using the media to minimize the cruelty of one of their own.

Disgusting. You know that, in China, this same offense is punishable by death?

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16whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Have to disagree with you on this one Walter.

This whole justice sytem is extremely overpopulated so I see your point there.

Big Brother used to be able to throw these people on the front line and kill them off, now they are stuck.

Swift justice !

Castorate him and pull his eyeballs out of thier sockets, and have him sing Soprano in the Church choir....

Im sure the Catholic Church would know what to do with these kind of leeches.

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17woolyd(579 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

I think i just lost respect for all those who wrote on his behalf. I wonder how they would feel if it was their kid in the pornography he has. Whats even more amzing is one who is a State Trooper. Well Mr State Trooper have mercy on us civilians pockets when "click-it or-ticket" is in effect and you or your comrades pull over someone without their seatbelt on. These people just amaze me.

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18xGOPinNEOH(4 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Truly disgusting, if this was some person who lived in the neighborhood, and had no media ties or some public recognition he'd be tarred and feathered by all. Mr Sports are you flipping serious? “Now that he has tripped up for the first time in his life, I ask for your mercy in regards to this. ... This is a good and decent man.” — John Batcho: "Tripped up for once", you mean it was ok he had all this in his possesion but he's remorseful now because he got caught? Anybody who defends this persons character should be fired. This guy should not receive no less than what any common person would get. You break the law you loose it all. Justice should not be held captive to politics or popularity ever, and I hope the judge will agree.

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19petlover2222(2 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

are you kidding me ....how any of these people support a man that watched a 10 year girl get raped....this is wrong....and how can anyone support any of these business ...I would think twice the radio station cumclus you can bet john was not the only one that wrote a letter if you recall this company let Scott work there with the public and the children they DID NOT ask him to step down they just let him work since Dec. 2009 again are you kidding me...the good he did.. he was paid for or this was his job....a Mistake what a joke a mistake is when you write a wrong phone number down or the wrong directions that is a mistake....I think the public should think about this... this was LITTLE children not adults...a retired police officer !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i'm glad he is retired how well did these people really know him his own wife and family claim they didn't know ...so how does a bank VP.. a TV personiality..a police officer ...people he worked with.. a former tv personality..
know really who he is.... he WATCHED a 10 year getted raped....I hope the judge will look at the 19 children they found and identifed ....they are the ones that got hurt NOT MR KENNEDY...god bless these children

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