But Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Meadows was angered by Mitchell's portrayal of Wilkinson as one who accidentally viewed the images of children in sexual situations.
"This is not something where he just clicked a button on the Internet," she said. "He downloaded these images. There were images on a CD. This isn't just something that just magically started popping up on his computer.
"He continues to minimize his behavior and act like he's not doing anything wrong, that the computer did," she said. "He is not the computer's victim."
But Zakaib said Wilkinson's otherwise clean record and character mattered.
"I don't think because a person has viewed something like this it is an automatic penitentiary sentence," the judge said. "I think it's deplorable this kind of stuff is on computers; then again, this did not involve any conduct on his part."
Meadows said the children in the images had been identified and the producers of the pornography prosecuted.
Wilkinson could have been sentenced to up to two years in prison.
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