Doctor seeks lighter term in porn case

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – Radiologist Dr. David Callahan Schaff is asking for sentence leniency in a federal child pornography case.
Schaff, 60, of Tupelo will be sentenced Monday by Senior U.S. District Judge Neal B. Biggers.
Schaff was indicted Nov. 17, 2010, on two counts – interstate and foreign transportation of child pornography images, and possession of the images.
He pleaded guilty to a one-count deal March 28 and faces five to 20 years in prison and a $250,000.
Friday, attorneys for Schaff asked the court to mete out a less severe sentence than the nearly 13-15 years calculated by the U.S. Probation Service’s pre-sentence report.
Among the factors for a shorter sentence, said attorney Rob Laher of Tupelo, are his lack of a criminal history, 30-plus years of service as a medical doctor and strong family support.
“Simply put, this is a defendant who has served his community and helped countless individuals suffering from illness and/or injury,” Lahrer wrote to the court.
He cites Schaff’s cooperation with law enforcement and information to them about child pornography repositories.
Schaff also committed himself to inpatient therapy in Hattiesburg, the attorney notes, saying he discovered “the nature of the problem.”
Laher asks the court for leniency so that Schaff may continue his therapy and “lifelong commitment to eradicating this type of conduct from his behavior.”
Without his guilty plea, the doctor faced up to 10 years in prison if he were convicted on the two counts.
In an unrelated case, Graham Seth Brown of Tupelo pleaded guilty Friday to one count of possession of child pornography on computer hard drives.
Brown, 41, faces up to 10 years and a $250,000 fine with the plea deal.
He was indicted last February on the one count and was set for trial to begin this past Monday.
patsy.brumfield@journalinc.com