Eric Von Kohorn, the former Wilton preschool paraprofessional accused of one count of illegal possession of child pornography in the second degree, received the disposition of his guilty plea at Bridgeport Superior Court on Oct. 23, and was formally sentenced to six years in prison suspended after two years served and 10 years probation. He will also have to register with the sex offender registry, and will need probation authorization to access the Internet once he is released from prison. Von Kohorn\u2019s case was \u201cextensively pre-tried,\u201d one state attorney said. The disposition hearing was over in less than 15 minutes. Von Kohorn made the following statement when given the opportunity: \u201cI want to add my thanks. I know that this has been a long process. You guys have really worked very hard for me, on both sides, essentially. And, [I\u2019d like] to [give thanks for] all of the support of the town and community. It\u2019s been amazing; I don\u2019t know if I\u2019d be standing here otherwise.\u201d Judge Robert Devlin\u00a0offered his thoughts before sentencing Von Kohorn. \u201cThere\u2019s wisdom behind these laws,\u201d he said, explaining they exist to protect children from two separate threats, one being that many consumers of child pornagraphy \u201creally would like to have sexual contact with real children,\u201d but he did not place Von Kohorn among that class, saying, \u201cYou\u2019re not in that category.\u201d The other reason for the legislation cited by the judge was that many of the children depicted in pornographic images and videos are registered in the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. In other words, consuming child pornography is not a victimless crime, even if the consumer does not plan or desire to have sexual contact with underage individuals. \u201cBut let me say this,\u201d the judge said to Von Kohorn. \u201cYou strike me as someone who has a combination of traits that can really make a contribution to the world, with your life. You strike me as someone who is highly intelligent. You seem to have a generosity of spirit and humility which is actually admirable. Now, consuming child pornography is not admirable; it\u2019s a bad thing to do, and I\u2019m hoping, that [through] this process, you realize how harmful it is, to you, to your society, to your family and everybody else included in this.\u201d \u201cThese proceedings are not all about making someone feel bad about themselves,\u201d he added. \u201cSometimes they\u2019re about making someone feel good about themselves, in the sense that, they did a bad thing, but now they\u2019re going to turn a page in the book.\u201dInformationVon Kohorn was originally arrested by state police Aug. 20, 2014. He was charged with first-degree possession of child pornogrpahy and promoting a minor in an obscene performance. He was arrested after an investigation by the Connecticut State Police Computer Crimes Investigations team, which commands the state Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. School district officials became aware of the investigation on June 11, 2014, and placed Von Kohorn on administrative leave immediately. He formally resigned his position on June 16, 2014. Later, the state dropped the charge of promoting a minor in an obscene performance and reduced the charge of possession to a third-degree offense. According to one of Von Kohorn\u2019s attorneys, Jason Sheffield of Peters Rubin and Sheffield in Atlanta, Ga., Von Kohorn entered an Alford Plea, which allowed him to plead guilty although he disagreed with the state\u2019s evidence. He took this step, Sheffield said, because the state\u2019s evidence against him was great and he realized a jury trial could have resulted in a guilty verdict with a greater sentence. He entered into the plea July 16 at Bridgeport Superior Court. Sheffield said Von Kohorn submitted to a polygraph test and psychological testing to prove he \u201cdoes not have a sustained sexual interest in school-age children \u2026 he is not a danger to anyone. Von Kohorn was hired by the school district in 2007 after undergoing a background check.