Christjan Bee was sentenced to three years in prison without parole, followed by five years of supervised release, in a federal obscenity case involving possession of comics. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri announced the sentence in a press release.
Bee was represented by a public defender and pled guilty to obscenity charges to avoid a possibly longer sentence on child obscenity charges.
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund did not become aware of the case until Bee had pleaded guilty in October (see "Missouri Man Pleads Guilty"). The case is another based on the criminalization of virtual child pornography (i.e., drawn or written depictions) under the PROTECT act.