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IT worker sentenced for child porn found on phone

An information technology worker was sentenced to probation Friday for possessing child pornography found on a mobile phone involved in a separate crime.

In 2013, Rondee Quinton Businger, 44, formerly of Medford, sold a Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone on Craigslist. The phone was stolen from the U.S. Mail during its transportation. Upon recovery, and during the investigation of the mail-theft case, Southern Oregon High Tech Crimes task force discovered more than 10 videos of child exploitation on the smartphone loaded onto the device in June 2012. 

Prosecutor Jeremy Markiewicz said 30 additional videos had been deleted from the device.

"Every time a video is viewed, a child is victimized," Markiewicz said.

Markiewicz advocated prison time for Businger because steep penalties reduce demand for a crime that victimizes children.

"Unfortunately child pornography is a supply-and-demand issue," Markiewicz said.

Defense attorney Justin Rosas said Businger has undergone a psycho-sexual evaluation and polygraph testing showing he'd never physically victimized a child and hadn't committed any previous crimes against children. Rosas said Businger, on his own initiative, is approximately halfway through the sex-offender treatment process.

"I understand after looking at this, I took part in the abuse of another human being," Businger told Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Philip Arnold after apologizing to the state, prosecutors and victims.

"He's highly motivated to lead a law-abiding life," Rosas said.

Judge Arnold asked Businger to elaborate on his remorse to ensure he understood the impact of the crime.

"At the time I was doing it, it was like I was watching a movie. It wasn't real," Businger said.

He told Judge Arnold that he now understands that the videos are of real children undergoing abuse.

"I think about everything I do," Businger said.

Businger pleaded guilty to five counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree, and was sentenced to three years' probation in the case. Additional stipulations included that Businger have no contact with minors, pay $2,000 in fines and possess no child pornography or other sexually explicit material. If Businger fails to comply with any part of his probation, he will serve 72 months in prison.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.