COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) -- Former WBNS-TV Chief Meteorologist Mike Davis has been sentenced to four to six years in prison on child pornography charges. He is also required to register as a sex offender for 25 years. Davis pleaded guilty to child pornography charges in January.
WCMH reports Davis said he didn’t realize he was hurting children by downloading and collecting thousands of images of child pornography. Davis’s attorney argued Davis used child porn to self-medicate from anxiety and depression.
Franklin County investigators said he uploaded 16,000 images of suspected child pornography since 2012.
Judge Karen Phipps said during the sentencing, “You chose to support an industry that re-victimized these children over and over for years.”
His sentence will credit the two days he spent in jail before bonding out. The judge said Davis ignored two conditions of his bond, including internet access on his phone when he was not to have any internet access at all, and an incorrect address.
“Without impulse control, there is no way this court can feel comfortable that [an offender] won’t re-offend,” Judge Karen Phipps said.