Shocking Sex Charges Prove True: Bernie Ward Guilty

By Tina Johnson
National Ledger
May 10, 2008

The charges against Bernie Ward were shocking when they first emerged against KGO radio talk show host from San Francisco. Now he has admitted that the charges are true and he will likely do five years or more and he will spend a good amount of time in prison. This week Ward admitted to distribution of child pornography in a plea deal that will send him to federal prison for at least five years.

Shocking Sex Charges Prove True: Bernie Ward Guilty

Fox News is reporting that Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker agreed Thursday to hold off on accepting Ward's plea to one count of distributing child pornography until an Aug. 28 sentencing hearing. That allows Ward to avoid going to prison until late summer, but he will be incarcerated immediately after the hearing.

"In terms of his freedom, his future, he's lost almost everything," Ward's attorney, Doron Weinberg said. "He's not going to be able to come out [of prison] and return to the work he does so well."

ABC News notes that after his indictment was unsealed in December, Ward initially pleaded not guilty. Though he admitted sending the illicit images, he said it was only as part of his research into a book he was writing about what he believed to be the hypocrisy of the religious right.


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