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Chino Valley man gets 17 years for sexual exploitation of a minor: Technician found child pornography on computer

PRESCOTT - A Chino Valley man, arrested when a computer technician repairing his laptop computer found child pornography on it, on Wednesday was sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Andrew Schaffer, 51, was arrested in July 2012 after Chino Valley police, tipped off by the technician, obtained a search warrant for his computer. Detectives said they found at least 10 pornographic images of young children.

A subsequent search of his home turned up marijuana and drug paraphernalia, police said.

Schaffer was indicted on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and two drug charges.

In February, he accepted a deal to plead guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of a minor and two counts of attempted sexual exploitation.

On Wednesday, his attorney, Vladimir Gagic, had a psychologist testify by telephone as to Schaffer's state of mind. The doctor said his "sexual interest" was in "age-appropriate females" and that it was "normal for an adult."

Deputy County Attorney Jeff Paupore asked if Schaffer had taken a polygraph test. He had.

"Was he deceptive in any of his answers to the examiner of the polygraph?" Paupore asked.

"Yes, he was," the doctor said.

Paupore specifically asked whether Schaffer had answered truthfully when asked if he had touched anyone 14 or younger since he was 18 years old.

"He said 'no,' and that was deceptive?" Paupore asked.

"Correct," the doctor said.

Hancock said that, while she appreciated the psychologist's work, "much of this testing is not conclusive."

She said the doctor's report said Schaffer "may have a talent for exploiting the naïve," and added that, while there are "indications he is not deviant...

even the doctor can't tell for sure."

"I am very sorry," Schaffer told Superior Court Judge Celé Hancock. "I accept responsibility."

Hancock sentenced Schaffer to 17 years in prison, flat time, meaning no chance for early release, on the exploitation charge, followed by two lifetime terms of sex offender probation on the other counts. That probation, she noted, will mandate GPS monitoring and "all other sex offender terms, including lifetime registration."

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