Georgia man sentenced to 1,000 years in prison for child porn in 2013 has been paroled

Georgia man sentenced to 1,000 years in prison for child porn in 2013 has been paroled
Stock photo of a jail cell. Peter Mallory, a Georgia man who was sentenced in 2013 to 1,000 years in prison on child porn charges, has been released on parole after serving seven years of his sentence. (Charles O'Rear / Corbis Documentary / Getty Images)

TROUP COUNTY, Ga. — Peter Mallory, a Georgia man who was sentenced in 2013 to 1,000 years in prison on child porn charges, has been released on parole after serving seven years of his sentence.

WSB-TV covered the trial and sentencing when he was convicted of having thousands of files of child pornography.

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The now-72-year-old was well-known and respected in Lagrange, where he owned TV 33, a low-power independent television station.

The station was located in a building on the West Georgia Technical College campus. When Lagrange police first realized that child pornography was being downloaded somewhere in the building, they thought it was a student’s doing, but investigators soon learned otherwise when they searched Mallory’s computer.

The nearly 26,000 files of movies and photos found on Mallory’s computer were more than investigators in Georgia had ever seen in one case, they said.

“Everything that we found was the rape and torture of children,” said Lagrange Police Department Detective Christopher Pritchett.

Investigators said that while they were searching for child porn, they also stumbled upon photos of some of Mallory’s employees. Police said he had cameras under his desk that took photos underneath female employees’ skirts.

The Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles told WSB-TV that Mallory was eligible for parole Dec. 16, 2019. He was granted parole effective May 27, 2020.

According to state sentencing laws, parole eligibility is seven years for consecutive sentences totaling 21 years or more. Officials said he served past his statutory eligibility date, serving seven years and five months.

While the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles didn’t explain why he was released, it did confirm the release was not related to the coronavirus pandemic, WSB-TV reported.

State officials said Mallory will remain on community supervision until the end of the sentence – for the rest of his life. He is also banished from Troup County and is on electronic monitoring. If there are registered victims, he cannot contact them.