Court says mom can’t get restitution in child porn case

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A state appeals court says a mother doesn’t deserve restitution from a man caught viewing pornographic photos of their young daughter.

David Tarlo pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography in Walworth County in 2013. A court commissioner ordered Tarlo to pay the mother of a girl shown in the images $10,000 in restitution. According to court documents, the mother’s husband produced the images of the girl. She argued she lost income after her husband was arrested.

Tarlo argued the mother’s lost income had nothing to do with him viewing and possessing the girl’s image. The 2nd District Court of Appeals agreed Wednesday, ruling Tarlo’s conduct didn’t cost the woman income.

A spokesman for the state Justice Department, which is defending the restitution order, didn’t immediately return a message.

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This story has been updated to correct the day of the ruling to Wednesday.

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