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Teacher Off to Prison for Child Porn, Molester Gets More Time Than a Murderer, and More

Teacher Off to Prison for Child Porn, Molester Gets More Time Than a Murderer, and More
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Welcome to Courthouse Update, a weekly rundown of goings-on at the Maricopa County Superior Court.

This week, a former elementary school teacher was sentenced to prison for his child-porn collection, a child molester got more prison time than a murderer, and more:

  • Former elementary school teacher going to prison for child porn

  • Thomas Warner, a former fourth-grade teacher in the Paradise Valley Unified School District, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexual exploitation of a minor. Cops discovered Warner's child-porn stash in early 2012. Warner, 55, told police that he "use[d] his position as a teacher to compensate for the guilt he feels about viewing the images." He was sentenced to a lifetime of probation on two other charges in the case.

    See also: Thomas Warner Pleads Guilty in Child-Porn Case


Next page: Scottsdale child molester gets prison time  

  • Scottsdale child molester gets prison time

  • Ali Chitsaz was sentenced to 35 years in prison and a lifetime of probation for molesting his then-girlfriend's 6-year-old son in several ways, including urinating on the boy and having him perform oral sex on him. Chitsaz had pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted molestation of a child, two counts of molestation of a child, and one count of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor.

    See also: Ali Chitsaz's Accused of Peeing on 6-Year-Old -- and Much, Much More


Next page: Alleged killer cop getting a re-trial  

  • Richard Chrisman to face murder charges again

  • Former Phoenix Police Officer Richard Chrisman will go to trial again on charges of second-degree murder and animal cruelty for the 2010 killings of Phoenix resident Daniel Rodriguez and his dog, after Chrisman responded to a domestic-violence call at Rodriguez's house. A jury couldn't decide on those charges in the initial trial, but did find Chrisman guilty of aggravated assault. He was scheduled to be sentenced on Friday, but that sentencing was continued.

    See also: Richard Chrisman Guilty of Aggravated Assault


Next page: Glendale murderer gets more than two decades in prison  

  • Daniel Griffith going to prison for murder

  • Police said Griffith killed a man his wife was having an affair with, with his wife's assistance. Griffith burned the man's body in the desert, and used his credit cards to buy things for himself afterwards. Griffith, of Glendale, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, concealment of a dead body, and fraudulent use of a credit card. He was sentenced to a total of 25.5 years in prison.

    See also: Burned Body Found In Desert

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