Ex-physician seeks to lose 'public safety' issue

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – Former Tupelo physician David Schaff hopes he’ll serve his six-year prison sentenced in a low-security prison camp.
Earlier this week, Schaff’s attorney, Robert Laher of Tupelo, asked the U.S. District Court to lift a guideline that noted a “public safety factor” in determining his sentence and imprisonment.
Schaff, 59, pleaded guilty last March to one count of downloading computer images of child pornography.
In a motion to the court, Laher noted that Schaff has no prior criminal convictions and “there was no evidence indicating” he “had ever approached children for inappropriate purposes.”
A federal prison camp is a minimum-security facility with dormitory housing and work opportunities, compared with low- and medium-security sites with much tighter perimeters and higher staff-to-inmate ratios.
Laher said that if the safety factor is removed from his sentence order, Schaff would be eligible to go to a prison camp.
The U.S. Bureau of Prisons determines where sentences are served. Schaff is to turn himself in to the designated prison Nov. 1.
patsy.brumfield@journalinc.com