Prosecutors are calling for a four-year sentence for Christopher Pelloski, former director of Ohio State University's pediatric cancer radiation program.
pleaded guilty last year to a single count of accessing digital files intending to view child pornography.
Sentencing is May 2.
A criminal complaint against Pelloski last summer said he
acknowledged to investigators that he
home desktop computer and a laptop belonging to Ohio State University
to download child pornography.
Evidence against Pelloski
included two graphic videos and about 85 images of child pornography, according to the U.S. attorney's office
Pelloski's family struggled financially as he
was growing up in an emotionally abusive household, his
attorneys said in a Thursday court filing.
was sexually abused three times, they said.
compensated for his
childhood by becoming an overachiever but also developed poor coping skills, such as abusing alcohol, the filing said.
crime "was a misguided attempt at processing his
own abuse and repressed memories," attorneys said.
They don't ask for a specific sentence, merely a "lenient" punishment that would include mental health and substance abuse treatment.
could face nearly six years in prison, but prosecutors are recommending four years followed by five years of supervision.
They acknowledge his
troubled childhood but say his
crime was a serious one.
Files viewed by investigators were "truly disturbing," and evidence showed Pelloski
had been engaged in child porn since 2007, according to a government court filing Thursday.
Prosecutors also said Pelloski's crime came at a time when he
was providing care for children in his
jobs, which included work at a children's hospital in Columbus, prosecutors said.
There is no allegation the child pornography involved children in his
"The government believes that the position of trust and responsibility that the defendant was given in regards to young and vulnerable children heightens his
culpability in this case and warrants a significant term of incarceration," they said.
The state medical board has suspended Pelloski's license pending the outcome of the criminal case against him.
must reapply to practice medicine again.