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Former TV Producer Faces 10 Years on Child Porn Charges

He is one of two media figures charged with having child pornography

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    Sentencing is set for Tuesday morning in U.S. District Court before Judge James Robertson.

    A former Fox News Channel producer convicted on federal child pornography charges is scheduled to be sentenced this week.

    Authorities arrested Aaron Bruns in February after investigators said he had been sharing pornography on a social networking Web site. Bruns pleaded guilty in May to possession of child pornography.

    Bruns covered Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in 2008 and later was a general producer in Washington, covering politics.

    His sentencing is set for Tuesday morning in U.S. District Court before Judge James Robertson. Bruns faces a 10-year prison sentence.

    Bruns is one of two media figures who have been charged with possession of child pornography this month. 

    On Thursday, July 17, former National Public Radio science editor David Malakoff pleaded guilty to downloading videos of young children being raped, but was not sentenced to spend any time in prison.

    U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle said Malakoff had already thrown away a successful career and has to live with the stigma of being a sex offender for most of the rest of his life. But the strongest argument for the lesser sentence, Huvelle said, was that Malakoff had been raped as a 9-year-old boy and he had looked at the child pornography over five hours last year to relive his own rape, the Washington Examiner reported.

    Malakoff was given five years probation, a fine of $5,000 and 600 hours of community service.  He will also have to register as a sex offender for 25 years.