Biggers sentences ex-doctor to 72 months on child porn plea

By Patsy R. Brumfield / Daily Journal

OXFORD – David Callahan Schaff was sentenced today to federal prison for violating child pornography laws.

Senior Judge Neal B. Biggers sentenced him to 72 months in prison and six years supervised released, once he has served his tie. Schaff, who gave up his medical license in three states, also must register as a sex offender.

Schaff, 60, a former radiologist from Tupelo and Oxford, faced from five to 20 years and a $250,000 fine on the charge to which he pleaded guilty March 14 in the U.S. District Court of Northern Mississippi.

The one count, on which he was sentenced, was for using a computer intentionally to transport images of child pornography across interstate and foreign lines.

Last November, a federal grand jury indicted him on two counts, the second being possession of child pornography images shipped across state and foreign borders by computer. That charge was dismissed after he was sentenced.

Schaff stood before Biggers and said he was very remorseful for his behavior.

Where he will serve his prison time will be determined by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. He will remain free on $5,000 bond until he reports Nov. 1.

On Sept. 16, Schaff’s attorney Rob Laher of Tupelo asked the court for a lesser sentence than federal guidelines call for in this instance, saying his client had admitted himself to inpatient rehabilitation and hoped to resume it as soon as possible.

Laher also asked Mills to consider Schaff’s long career of medical service and his lack of criminal history.

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