Former TV33 owner Peter Mallory was sentenced Tuesday to 1,000 years in jail.
Mallory was convicted in December on charges including 60 counts of sexual exploitation of children. Troup County Superior Court Judge Dennis Blackmon sentenced Mallory to 20 years for each for the first 50 counts of sexual exploitation of children to be served consecutively, a total of 1,000 years, with a concurrent sentence of five years for each of the last 10 counts.
Mallory also was sentenced to concurrent five-year counts on three invasion of privacy charges and a concurrent 12 months for tampering with evidence. He will serve the sentence in a state penitentiary.
Mallory’s sentencing day was an emotional day for not only his family, but witnesses and victims as well — even the judge.
Before Blackmon sentenced Mallory, witnesses had one last chance to sway Blackmon with their statements.
Two victims, whom Mallory had recorded with a hidden camera under his office’s desk — which brought Mallory invasion of privacy charges — a former TV-33 employee and her juvenile daughter, were the first to give their statement to the judge.
The girl explained how the video recording her private area has changed her life. She explained how embarrassed she was when she found out that the man she referred to as her crazy uncle secretly recorded her. Her Thanksgiving break was ruined because she spent most of it testifying in court and she missed a lot of school for court.
She said it was not herself she felt bad for, however, but it was the people around her that cared, especially in court.
“When I would look up while testifying, and see people crying and they looked sick, it was heartbreaking,” said the daughter.
The daughter closed out her statement with encouragement to herself. “I’m not embarrassed anymore because I didn’t do anything wrong.”
Her mother said that she trusted Mallory and is sickened by the “monster.”
“For seven years we laughed and cried together,” the emotional and tearful woman said. “He craved our love for some sick gratification.”
She explained the sleepless nights she has had worrying about her daughter and how her family was humiliated by Mallory. The hidden cameras have now caused paranoia to the family, she said, and will have them always looking over their shoulders.
“This is a sick and twisted monster who we called friend,” she said with disgust. “It makes me vomit to think about what he may have done while watching those videos. Never allow him to walk free. Peter Mallory should never have the capability to ever hurt another human being again.”
Lagrange Police Sgt. Robert Kirby described Mallory as the worst kind of monster.
“He placed a lot of blame on other people,” he said. “He’s never accepted any responsibility.”
With Mallory being in the TV industry, Kirby said that Mallory wanted to “put on one last big show by bringing this to court.”
“Put this monster where he belongs to protect our children from monsters so he can no longer cause harm,” Kirby concluded.
A letter written a child rape victim from Washington, whose video was found on Mallory’s hard drive, was used as testimony against Mallory.
“It feels like I’m being raped all over again.” said the victim in her letter, who is now attempting to make it through college. “I can never feel safe as long as those images are out there.”
After the prosecution witnesses concluded, defense attorneys Ed Garland and his son John Garland attempted to sway Judge Dennis Blackmon into the least possible sentence for Mallory.
“This is less than other crimes covered by sexual exploitation,” said John Garland.
He explained that in most sexual exploitation cases, the major sentencing convictions come from those who induce a child, participate in child porn and distribute child porn. These are more serious than possession of child porn, he said.
He said in a review of sexual exploitation convictions, it showed an average sentence of 15 years and and average prison stay for 3.4 years. He argued that the number of images is a poor indicator, and that the effort to download thousands of images is about the same to download one. Mallory never attempted to solicit a child in any way, said John Garland.
The character witnesses then took the stand to plea before the judge for leniency in Mallory’s sentencing.
Ashton Gates, who has known Mallory for almost 30 years, said that Mallory has been a great asset to the community and is not a threat.
“The Peter Mallory I know is not a threat,” said Gates. “I think what he’s done is wrong, but I don’t think he’s a monster. He’s not a threat to any child.”
Lifelong friend, Isabel Knight has known Mallory for 60 years and said he is probably the most considerate man she knows. She recalled that in all of her years knowing him, she has never heard him tell a dirty joke or use profanity, and would always befriend the non-popular kids in school.
Regina King attended church with Mallory and said that Mallory has already been punished enough.
“He’s lost what he’s built, which is a tremendous punishment in itself,” said King. “I employ the court to show mercy on my friend Peter Mallory.”
Another of Mallory’s church members, Jerry Rigby said that Mallory has given a tremendous amount to the community and said that he can not imagine Mallory inflicting anything but love and compassion towards children.
Another witness, Clark Johnson, has known Mallory for over 60 years and joked that the only bad thing about his friend is that he went to First Baptist Church, because he is a Methodist. He said that Mallory’s situation has caused him sleepless nights and still does not believe him to be guilty.
“I will never believe he is guilty because of the 63 years that I’ve known him,” said Johnson. “This whole thing has already punished him, his family and his friends enough. Please extended every drop of mercy and compassion that you have at your disposal.”
Mallory’s daughter, Elizabeth Palmeroy, pleaded to the judge to grant her father leniency in her tearful statement.
She explained how selfless and giving her father is to others and how he has tried to do right all of his life. She said her father fills the void when her husband is away for military duties, and he helps with her daughter.
“I’m positive without a doubt in my mind that he did not do the things he has been convicted of. If there were more people like my dad in this world, this world would be a better place.”
Mallory’s wife, Sara Beth Mallory, described how tolerant and gentle her husband is, and how their kids typically turn to him for advice. She told the story of how her husband told her to drive Mallory’s cell mate to West Point after he was released from jail. The cell mate is now involved with church and events in the community, which she said is because of the talks of faith that he and Mallory had in their cell.
She said that Peter makes the best of every situation and has been positive about everything.
“He’s maintained a positive attitude because he knows what he has done and not done,” said Sara Beth Mallory.
Then the prosecution, led by Assistant District Attorneys Kevin McMurry and Steven Lee, gave their final statements and arguments to the judge.
“There are real victims, 26,000 victims and Mallory sought it out,” McMurry said. “The court has seen a man that exploits children and viewed children as a sexual monument. Our children, the children of this community deserve protection. “
The prosecution wanted a maximum sentence for Mallory, one that reflects the value that is placed on children, said McMurry.
John Garland asked that Blackmon give Mallory credit for the “good life” he had.
“Remove some of the time because of the good life he lived and not have it turned against him,” said John Garland.
He said that Mallory is not responsible for the heinous crimes that happened to those children years ago, and he should not be punished for others who have created what will exist forever.
Despite the pleas from Mallory’s family and friends for leniency, Blackmon sentenced Mallory to the maximum sentencing of 1,000 years.
He appeared angry as he read the statement.
“The defendant may have believed because of his race, economic status and his standing in the community that no police force would arrest him, no prosecutor would pursue him, and no jury from Troup County would convict him,” Balckmon began. “He was mistaken.”
Blackmon went on to describe how the case came about when the LaGrange Police Department officers alerted that Mallory signaled to the entire world that he had hundreds of images and video containing the “filthiest and most disgusting child porn that one might imagine” coming from an IP address at his TV-33 station.
Mallory was arrested on April 27, 2011, after officers found more than 26,000 images and videos of children being raped or abused. He was charged with tampering with evidence, when an officer caught him removing a hard drive from a computer during a search. He was also charged with three counts of invasion of privacy when videos were found of Mallory secretly taping the private areas of people seated at his desk.