California official blames child porn addiction on spinal tumor

Albert Abrams 
By: Anika Rao 

A California official, who was convicted of child porn, is blaming a tumor for his child porn addiction, according to court documents.

The former neighborhood of Los Angeles commission chairman, was sentenced Monday, for distributing sexually explicit child images.

Federal prosecutors recommended that Albert Abrams, 64, be sentenced to more than eight years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of distribution of child pornography.

In court documents, prosecutors said Abrams told a TV channel that a tumor made ​​his alternate personality download child pornography. He later claimed the growth was a cyst and now says that an unidentified back problem was responsible.

"These are not the actions of a person who has taken responsibility for his criminal conduct, but instead shows that the defendant continues to deny that he and he alone is responsible for the pain he caused his victims," ​​Assistant U.S. Prosecutor Lana Morton-Owens wrote in court documents.

The defense attorney, Marilyn Bednarski, said that doctors removed a growth from the backbone of her client and was recovering from a serious back surgery when FBI agents raided his home.