Police & Courts

Probation, jail time for Quincy man in child porn case

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Dec. 2, 2019 6:30 pm

QUINCY -- A Quincy man was sentenced to 30 months probation and must serve at least 60 days in the Adams County Jail after he shared child pornography on social media.

Nicholas L. Bliven, 22, pleaded guilty to one count of child pornography Oct. 7. The negotiated plea called for probation with terms and conditions left up to the court.

As part of his sentence, Bliven was ordered to undergo sex offender treatment, and he was given a 180-day jail sentence with all but 60 days stayed.

Bliven was arrested Aug. 5 after turning himself in at the Adams County Courthouse.

The Quincy Police Department said it identified Bliven as a suspect in an investigation involving sharing child pornography through social media.

Adams County Assistant State's Attorney Anita Rodriguez said that Bliven's sex offender evaluation suggests that probation is an appropriate sentence, because he acknowledged his struggles to discontinue his behavior. She asked for the jail time.

She requested that he be ordered to complete sex offender treatment and any follow-up counseling as required.

Bliven's attorney, Drew Schnack, said that Bliven was at low risk to re-offend and an appropriate candidate for treatment but should not have to serve any jail time unless he doesn't meet the terms of probation.

"If he can prove himself to the court ... then he's earned the right to not go upstairs," Schnack said.

In his statement in court, Bliven apologized and said he was "prepared to do whatever it takes to get past all of this."

Noting Bliven's lack of criminal history, Judge Amy Lannerd agreed to probation, but she said that Bliven would need to serve jail time to provide accountability for his actions.

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