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Prescott man gets 155 years for child pornography

Knute Kolmann, 67, of Prescott

Knute Kolmann, 67, of Prescott

A Superior Court judge sentenced a 67-year-old Prescott man to 155 years in prison Monday for child pornography.

A Yavapai County jury convicted Knute Kolmann of 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of conspiracy to commit sexual exploitation of a minor on March 31. Kolmann declined his chance to speak to Judge Thomas B. Lindberg before Lindberg handed down the sentence Monday.

The case dates back to 2006 when Elizabeth McClain of Apache Junction took her laptop to a computer repair shop in Mesa. The repairman found child pornography on that computer and during an investigation detectives linked it to Kolmann. Prescott officers obtained a search warrant for Kolmann's Cibola Circle house and found the illegal images on his computer. Kolmann and McClain contacted each other through Craigslist.

A Pinal County judge sentenced McClain to 10 years in prison in 2006 after she pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, Deputy County Attorney Glen Hammond said.

Kolmann fled the state and authorities didn't catch up with him until 2009.

During the trial Hammond said the images of young children posed for "sexual gratification" were "rather horrific."

Hammond asked Lindberg also to order Kolmann to pay $322 for the cost of extraditing him from California. Despite an objection from defense lawyer Tom Kelly, Lindberg agreed.

Kelly said that Kolmann had no prior criminal record and that he "does exhibit remorse."

Lindberg agreed that until these charges Kolmann led an exemplary life earning degrees in physics and engineering, followed by an MBA.

"He was a designer with many accomplishments, particularly microchip design," Lindberg said. Then Kolmann turned his hobby of restoring cars into a "profitable enterprise." But because of the criminal charges against him, Kolmann lost "nearly all his assets," Lindberg said.

If he is ever wins release from prison, Kolmann must register as a sex offender, Lindberg said.

Kolmann, meanwhile, will be back in court on May 10. Authorities also charged him with forgery, identity theft, interfering with judicial proceedings and failure to appear in court, according to court records.