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Last Updated:  Tuesday, 18 March, 2003, 06:21 GMT
Prosecutors may appeal sentence
Stan Mallon
Stan Mallon claimed he had a vision
American prosecutors may appeal the sentence of a senior civil servant who arranged to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex in a hotel room in the US.

Stan Mallon was jailed for 21 months last week after admitting using an internet chatline to contact a girl called "Marny" who turned out to be an undercover FBI agent.

The 62-year-old was acting chief executive of the Ulster Scots Agency until his arrest last March in Chicago.

On Monday, Assistant US Attorney Markus Funk said the prosecution had argued for a 51-month sentence, but that was not achieved.

He said the length of Mallon's sentence would depend on the calculations of the Bureau of Prisons.

Mallon has served a year in jail on remand.

We did our level-best to ensure justice was done in this case and whether justice was done is something people have to ask themselves
Markus Funk
US Attorney

"At this point it seems that he will be in prison for approximately another nine months before being placed in deportation proceedings," said Mr Funk.

"We are very proud of the work the law enforcement agents did on this case - if it wasn't for their work it could have been a real child raped or molested by Stan Mallon.

"We did our level-best to ensure justice was done in this case and whether justice was done is something people have to ask themselves."

'Always an option'

He said there was no question when looking at the amount of deception Stan Mallon was involved in that it was a calculated and well-planned attempt to sexually molest a child.

Mr Funk said Mallon may be sent to a facility in North Carolina which has an excellent programme for helping people with sexual addictions.

"Appeal is certainly always an option. I can't really discuss whether or not we are going to seek an appeal - it is not my call to make," he said.

We look forward to the day when we can be reunited again as a family - we will take care of our father
Lilly Mallon

Mallon's daughter Lilly said the family was glad about the outcome of the trial.

"When our father is returned home we will ensure that he receives the very best of care," she said.

Ms Mallon said the family's attorney had shown tireless work.

"We would also like to thank our family and friends here in Chicago, who have gone beyond the call of duty in the way they have cared for and supported our family during this past year.

"Without their help and love we would never have gotten through this horrific ordeal - we will be forever in their debt."

Ms Mallon said it had been "some of the darkest moments of our lives".

"We look forward to the day when we can be reunited again as a family - we will take care of our father.

"All we ask now is that we can be allowed the peace to gather our lives together, return home to our loved ones and to try to recreate the safe, secure and loving environment that we knew for so long and that we want our father to return to."

'Persuaded by vision'

Mallon escaped the maximum sentence of more than four years prison after the judge ruled that he was suffering a "diminished capacity".

The father of five from Crumlin in County Antrim told the court he was hallucinating when he used the internet chatline in February last year.

He sent the "girl" 17 emails in 24 minutes and claimed to be a rich 42-year-old president of a biotech company.

Mallon was arrested in Chicago after arranging to meet her in his hotel room while on his way to a conference in Washington.

Judge Joan Gottschall at the US District Court in Chicago ruled his behaviour was an "aberration" from his otherwise law-abiding life.

Mallon said his hallucinations led him to believe his son-in-law had appeared to him and told him to contact the girl, the court heard.

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