ATLANTA -- A former Troup County commissioner once called a prolific collector of child porn will have a chance to spend the rest of his 1,000-year prison sentence on parole.
The State Board of Pardons and Paroles released Peter Mallory on parole May 27, three weeks after an appeals court found the sentence for Mallory's 2012 conviction was appropriate. District Attorney Herb Cranford said he opposed the decision "but was powerless to stop it."
Cranford released a statement Tuesday explaining his opposition after he said several members of the Troup County community expressed concern over Mallory's release.
Mallory, 72, a former owner of LaGrange television station WCAG-TV, was convicted of 60 counts of sexual exploitation of children, three counts of invasion of privacy and one count of tampering with evidence in December 2012 after a three-week trial.
He was charged as a result of a LaGrange Police Department investigation initiated in February 2011. According to prosecutors, police were alerted to more than 600 suspected child pornography files linked to a computer in LaGrange, which led them to the television station Mallory operated.
More than 26,000 files of child pornography were seized.
"The evidence demonstrated that Mallory knowingly and intentionally sought out, gathered, downloaded, and saved these images and videos of children being raped, tortured, and sexually exploited," Cranford said in a prior news release.
The invasion of privacy counts stemmed from a hidden camera Mallory installed in his office that he used to secretly record young women, Cranford said.
At sentencing a few months after the trial, Coweta Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Dennis Blackmon called Mallory "probably the most prolific collector of child pornography in the entire world."
His conviction and sentence was affirmed by the Court of Appeals on May 7.