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"The Secret of Castle Cant" Children's Author Gets Six Years in Prison for Child Porn

K.P. Bath (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)

K.P. Bath (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)
K.P. Bath (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)
PORTLAND, Ore. (CBS/AP) Children's book author K.P. Bath has been sentenced to six years in prison for possessing child pornography.

In a statement Thursday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Sussman said the 51-year-old author of "The Secret of Castle Cant" and "Escape from Castle Cant" had a large collection of still images and video clips.

He also traded pornographic images with at least two out-of-state collectors.

The Oregonian newspaper reports the Portland resident did not speak in the courtroom, but wrote a letter to the court complaining that government prosecutors exercised too much power.

Bath had a book scheduled for release last fall, but his publisher scrapped it when the allegations surfaced. His previous books are described as "funny" and "clever" in reader reviews posted on Amazon.com.