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Former TV station owner granted parole from 1,000-year child porn sentence

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Peter Mallory mugshot. (Georgia Department of Corrections)

The judge that sentenced Peter Mallory to 1,000 years in prison called him “probably the most prolific collector of child pornography in the entire world.”

Now, after serving more than seven years of his sentence, Mallory, 72, is out on parole, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Just three weeks after an appeals court ruled that Mallory's 1,000 year sentence was appropriate, the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles released Mallory from prison, on May 27.

Mallory is the former owner of WCAG-TV, and in 2012 was convicted of 60 counts of sexual exploitation of children, three counts of invasion of privacy and one count of tampering with evidence.

Police were initially led a computer at the station Mallory owned where police seized more than 26,000 files of child pornography.

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Mallory had also set up a hidden camera in his office that he used to secretly record young females.

At Mallory's 2013 sentencing, Coweta Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Dennis Blackmon called Mallory “probably the most prolific collector of child pornography in the entire world.”

After numerous community members in Troup County expressed concerns over Mallory's release, District Attorney John Herb Cranford issued a statement opposing the parole of Mallory saying,, in part:

The district attorney opposed Mr. Mallory's release but was powerless to stop it. Mallory's crimes did not allow for the state to seek or the trial court to impose a sentence without parole eligibility, and parole is a power exercised exclusively by the State Board of Pardons and Paroles."
Mallory was sentenced to 1,000 years in prison on February 12, 2013 for multiple counts of possessing child pornography following his conviction on December 18, 2012. The Georgia Court of Appeals affirmed his conviction on May 7, 2020, and affirmed the appropriateness of his sentence. Mallory was released on parole despite the district attorney's opposition to his parole, which the district attorney conveyed in writing to the parole board on December 11, 2019."

In a previous news release, Cranford said:

The evidence demonstrated that Mallory knowingly and intentionally sought out, gathered, downloaded and saved these images and videos of children being raped, tortured and sexually exploited."

In a response to the letter sent by Cranford to the parole board, board spokesman Steve Hayes said Mallory actually served five months beyond the date he was eligible for parole, and the board followed its own guidelines in releasing Mallory from prison.

For the 993 years left in his sentence, Mallory will be required to register as a sex offender, be on electronic monitoring, and will have his parole revoked if he violates his conditions.

Mallory is also ordered to stay out of Troup County and to not contact his victims.

Officials say Mallory's release is not related to the COVID-19 pandemic.