Former LaGrange TV station owner sentenced to 1,000 years in prison paroled after 7

Updated: Jun. 30, 2020 at 5:36 PM EDT
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LAGRANGE, Ga. (WTVM) - A former LaGrange TV station owner who was sentenced to 1,000 years in prison in 2013 has been paroled after just seven.

Peter Mallory, now in his 70s, was convicted of 64 counts including sexual exploitation of a child, invasion of privacy, and evidence tampering following a three-week trial in late 2012.

In 2011, the LaGrange Police Department’s Internet Crimes Unit told News Leader 9 that they were alerted to child pornography being used at an IP address that led them to TV 33, the station owned by Mallory.

Evidence presented during the trial found that Mallory both procured and created child pornography, with a camera installed underneath a work desk that was used to record the genital area of at least three victims, including a child.

District Attorney of the Coweta Judicial Circuit John H. Cranford Jr., who serves Troup County, said in a Dec. 2019 letter to the parole board, “While it may be consistent throughout the state for this board to parole certain persons convicted of these crimes after seven years, Mallory is a worse offender and his crimes are worse than the average possessor of child pornography.”

The district attorney adds that in the digital age, it is nearly impossible to stop a compulsive sexual deviant such as Mallory, even with supervision.

In Jan. 2020, the parole board reported to D.A. Cranford that they had reconsidered the case and given Mallory a tentative parole month of Dec. 2022, but that he could be released earlier due to good behavior.

Mallory was released on parole on May 27, 2020. He is currently residing in Atlanta as a registered sex offender.

Read D.A. Cranford’s full letter to the parole board below. Contact information, sexually explicit video titles and identities of victims mentioned in the letter have been redacted.

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