Put My Story to Written Word

My name is Chris Pelloski. I am a former cancer doctor and researcher who pleaded guilty to accession with an intent to view child pornography in the Federal Southern Ohio District in 2014. From my perspective, I had a moral obligation to tell my story, in full detail and brutal honesty, once I personally experienced the extent of public misunderstanding and misinformation surrounding my offense and sex offenses in general.

The first book, “Trauma, Shame, and the Power of Love: The Fall and Rise of a Physician who Heals Himself,” opens with the police raid on my home, details the pretrial phase of my case (house arrest, the legal machinations of my charge, and concurrent therapy I underwent for my childhood sexual abuse and PTSD diagnosis), and closes at my sentencing. This book has won several literary awards. Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1500755532

My second recently published book, “A Tortuous Path: Atonement and Reinvention in a Broken System,” relates the experiences of sex offenders in federal prison, the difficulties encountered during reentry into society and life on the Sex Offender Registry. Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1726303314

The books have been read by law enforcement, mental health professionals, my fellow inmates and registrants, federal probation officials and members of the general public with near-universal praise. Books that can gain that type of acceptance form “both sides” of an issue can be a powerful one. The main theme in the feedback I have received is that these books can truly inform and educate the public, while weaving into them an engaging personal story; putting a human face the problem. I put “the System” and myself under intense scrutiny and hold all accountable, while offering solutions to make things better. If Information, education, and understanding of the masses are the first steps towards achieving reform and change, then I believe these books have a role to play in those goals.

I tried to publish these books through the traditional route. But given the subject matter and the stigma attached to the author, no literary agent or publishing company picked them up. Publishing companies exist to make money. That is not the purpose of my books. It is to educate and provoke thought and discussion. At a great personal cost of time, energy, money and resources, I have self-published these books because I believe in their importance; because, as you know, without serious change things are only going to get worse.

I also believe that NARSOL is the best positioned organization there is in helping spread the message and promoting awareness of these books. So, I thank NARSOL for providing this platform and being a voice for all of us.

Thank you for your time and consideration,
Christopher E. Pelloski, MD

  1. Linda I whole heartedly agree . The government put these sites up for stings . Should they be held accountable . Someone needed to look at these images to get them on the website . Isn’t this entrapment ? It is crazy and our government is broken , Not to mention I thought america was the land of second chances !

  2. For those who dont know and for those convicted of having child pornography on there computer.Well the tragic ordeal Jessica Lunsford went through is horrific but what most dont know is: BROOKSVILLE – Police investigating the disappearance of 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford found a “limited amount” of child pornography on her father’s computer, prosecutors said Monday.
    Mark Lunsford won’t face prosecution for possessing the child pornography, said Peter Magrino, one of the prosecutors of Jessica’s confessed killer, John Evander Couey.
    “There’s no evidence to show that he was manufacturing or producing child pornography,” Magrino said. “There was a limited amount of that on the computer.”
    Magrino added there was no indication that any member of Jessica’s family had ever abused her in any way.
    The revelation came as the State Attorney’s Office released more than 800 pages of documents in the Couey case.
    Mark Lunsford said Monday that he never intentionally visited any child pornography Web sites, and the images that turned up on his computer were automatic “pop-ups” that can appear without the consent of the person using the computer.
    “I don’t go to child pornography sites,” he said.

  3. Thank you Chris for telling your story! It’s very important.

    I agree with Linda, the ones watching are not monsters! The extremely long sentences and harm that the registry does to the “viewer” and his family are too extreme! If you did not produce a video jail time should not exceed six months! Not to mention, jail/prison time is a waste of tax dollars. Things need to change ASAP!

    And since the government is the one providing most of the online child pronography in and during their entrapment sessions, they should be held accountable.

  4. Thank you !
    All people involved or not need to know the truth behind the actions . Most people charged , especially for viewing are Not monsters ! The people who supply the porn is who should be charge severely ! They are the ones committing a crime and hurting others !

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