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By Michelle Bradford
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - A judge Wednesday sentenced a former police officer to more than 15 years in prison for distributing child pornography.
U.S. District Judge Jimm L. Hendren rejected a claim that Jeremy Boyd Grammer, 32, viewed the material as part of unauthorized police research and sentenced the former officer to 188 months in prison and fined him $40,000.
Hendren also ordered the 10-year Fayetteville department veteran to serve probation for life once he's released from prison.
Hendren sentenced Grammer at the low end of a sentencing range that called for up to 235 months in prison - about 19 1/2 years.
Federal prosecutors said Grammer distributed child pornography from his personal e-mail account at his Fayetteville home between October 2006 and April 2007.
Grammer's attorneys said his crime was isolated and a break in his character.
"What happened to Jeremy Grammer is what has happened to a lot of people before," attorney W.H. Taylor told Hendren. "You start out looking at this stuff on the Internet, and then you get sucked in.
"Before you know it, you've taken it too far," he said.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyra Jenner said the crime lasted for six months until Grammer was arrested in April 2007 in a federal sting.
"He was viewing and trading porn with a pedophile in Ohio from 2006 to 2007, with one episode lasting nine straight hours," Jenner said. "One of the videos he viewed is six minutes of a young girl being bound, raped and sodomized." Psychologist Richard Back testifying for the defense, said Grammer told him he was sleep-deprived and stressed from the demands of police work when he committed the crime.
Back concluded Grammer isn't a pedophile. He said he believed Grammer's claims that viewing pornography was self-initiated police research geared at preventing child exploitation.
"He was exposed to this type of crime as a detective, and as a parent of a daughter himself, he identified with the repulsiveness of it," Back testified. "As a result, he began doing some of his own research into this type of activity." But Fayetteville police Capt. Mike Reynolds testified that Grammer was never assigned to investigate a child-pornography case and handled mostly property crime cases while a detective from April 2006 to April 2007, Reynolds said.
Reynolds refuted Grammer's claims to the psychologist that he was deprived of sleep because he worked 70-80 hours a week.
Grammer also told Back he was desensitized from handling 150-200 death investigations.
"It's just not true," Reynolds testified, saying Grammer worked an average of 4 1/2 hours of overtime a week and responded to roughly 15 death investigations.
Grammer testified briefly and wept while he said he accepts responsibility for the crime. He asked for mercy not only for himself, but for his family.
"I can't explain why it happened. I don't know why," he said.
His wife, Sharla, testified that the crime goes against everything her husband represented. She said he's a devoted father who made a terrible mistake.
"I know it sounds crazy, but I'd go through this all over again for him," she testified. "That's how much I love that man." Grammer has an 8-month-old daughter with his wife and a 14-year-old daughter from a previous marriage.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Katrina Spencer read a letter from a victim in the case - a teenage girl whose father videotaped himself raping her and then distributed the material over the Internet.
"Each time these videos are viewed and passed around, it makes me feel like I'm raped all over again," Spencer read from the girl's letter. "I'm terrified to think that people get enjoyment from watching this kind of abuse." His attorneys argued that Grammer would be vulnerable to violence by other inmates in prison because of his crime and because he's a former police officer.
Grammer has been segregated in the Washington County jail since pleading guilty in February, and he will likely be segregated in federal prison, Jenner said.
Grammer was a K-9 officer, detective and member of the Fayetteville Police Department's SWAT team.
After he was identified in the sting, Fayetteville police conducted an internal investigation and fired him.
They found no evidence of child pornography on his work computer.

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