Feds Seek Nine Years for Former KGO Talk Host

Associated Press, carried in CBS 2
August 21, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal prosecutors are recommending a 9-year prison sentence for Bernie Ward, the liberal radio talk show host who pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography.

The 57-year-old Ward spent 24 years with KGO-AM in San Francisco before being fired in December over the child porn charges. He pleaded guilty in May to one charge of distributing child pornography in exchange for dismissal of 2 other related charges.

Ward maintains that he was only doing research for a book on hypocrisy among Americans who preach morality.

Ward, a former Roman Catholic priest, had hosted a weeknight talk show and also a Sunday morning show called "God Talk."

His sentencing is set for next Thursday.


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