Georgia Man Sentenced to 1,000 Years for Child Porn Released on Parole

A Georgia man who was sentenced to 1,000 years in jail after being convicted of multiple accounts of child porn possession has been released on parole after serving just seven, it has been revealed.

Peter Mallory, 72, was convicted of 60 counts of sexual exploitation of children, three counts of invasion of privacy and one count of tampering with evidence and sentenced in February 2013.

More than 26,000 child abuse images and videos were recovered from his work computer at the Troup County television station he owned. He was also found to have secretly recorded women who worked at the station.

"Everything that we found was the rape and torture of children," Lagrange Police Department Detective Christopher Pritchett said at the time.

According to Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney John H. Cranford, Mallory was released on parole on May 27.

Cranford said his office opposed the decision but were "powerless to stop it" as he had served his statutory eligibility time to apply, which is determined by Georgia laws for consecutive sentences.

"It has come to the attention of the District Attorney's Office that members of the Troup County community are concerned and upset that Peter Mallory was recently released on parole," Cranford said in a statement.

"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."

Cranford said he also wrote a letter to the Parole Board on December 11, 2019, to express his opposition to the planned parole date that month due to the severity of his crimes.

"While it may be consistent throughout the state for this board to parole certain persons convicted of these crimes after seven years, Mallory is a worse offender and his crimes are worse than the average possessor of child pornography," the letter, seen by 11Alive, said.

"The facts of this case further show that Mallory is a danger to create such images himself if he cannot obtain them otherwise," Cranford said.

"The evidence at trial proved that Mallory installed a camera under a work desk to record the genital area of three separate victims, including a child."

In response, the parole board said they had reconsidered the case and established a new parole date of December 2022.

However, the board sent another letter on April 9 to state that it had decided to proceed with parole in the near future. Mallory was then released the following month.

Following his release, Mallory will be required to register as a sex offender and will be subject to having his parole revoked if he violates the law or the conditions of his release. He is banned from entering Troup County and must not come into contact with any of his victims.

In a statement to Newsweek, State Board of Pardons and Paroles spokesman Steve Hayes said: "Georgia law set the offender's parole eligibility at serving seven years. The board voted to release Mallory after seven years and five months. He will be on parole for the remainder of his life.

"The board is confident he will be monitored closely while under supervision. He will be required to follow sex offender parole conditions in addition to standard parole conditions."

(File photo) View of the Domenjod prison on October 16, 2014 in Saint-Denis de la Reunion on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion. A man convicted for possessing child pornography and sentenced to 1,000 years has been released on parole. RICHARD BOUHET/AFP/Getty

This article was updated to include a statement to Newsweek from the State Board of Pardons and Paroles.