LISBON - A Guilford Lake area man who was scheduled to be sentenced Friday on several child pornography charges died earlier this month, prompting the charges to be dismissed.
Richard L. Haught, 75, Spillway Drive, Lisbon, died on Oct. 7, according to his obituary.
Haught pleaded guilty on June 18 to pandering in sexually oriented material involving a minor, pandering to obscenity involving a minor and illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance. Originally, Haught had faced eight counts each of pandering in sexually oriented materials involving a minor and pandering to obscenity involving a minor. Additionally, he had faced 12 counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance.
The charges involved explicit movies involving small children and preteens.
Haught had faced up to 48 months in prison and a $12,500 fine, but his defense attorney had requested his sentencing hearing in August be delayed due to Haught's health issues. He had appeared in court in a wheelchair and breathing with the help of an oxygen tube.
At the time, Assistant County Prosecutor Timothy McNicol had concurred with the delay in sentencing.