Lawyer who destroyed evidence in porn case spared prison time

Philip Russell also faces a $25,000 fine and community service for destroying the suspect's laptop.

, The Associated Press

A former attorney for a prominent Connecticut church was sentenced Monday to six months of home confinement for destroying the ex-music director's laptop computer containing child pornography. Prosecutors and a judge have disclosed that the music director, Robert Tate, had a long history of sexually abusing children. Attorney Philip Russell also faces a $25,000 fine and 240 hours of community service, but the judge cited his years of good service in sparing him prison.

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