Man who Pleaded Guilty to Child Porn Unlikely to See Prison Time due to Brain Disorder

November 14, 2017 05:19 PM

The video above aired when Dolphin was initially charged earlier this year.


A former Minneapolis businessman who pleaded guilty to child pornography charges is unlikely to see prison time due to brain disorder, according to a release from the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.

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Gregory Matthew Dolphin will be sentenced Jan 16 and is expected to receive a stay for five years and will be sentenced to 365 days on electronic home monitoring and must register as a sex offender.

According to the county attorney's office, Dolphin suffers frontal lobe dementia. The illness causes those with it to experience extreme change in behavior.

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"We believe this is a just outcome that protects the public but acknowledges the tragic turn in Mr. Dolphin's health which may have caused his actions," Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a statement.

Dolphin is the retired CEO of Dolphin Fast Foods and was a shareholder in some other Dolphin Group Companies.

According to the criminal complaint, Minneapolis police received a number of cybertips from social media companies in regard to Dolphin. Those companies are required to inform authorities if they discover their programs are being used to acquire or distribute child pornography.

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Based on those tips, search warrants were obtained for Dolphin's media devices, home and office.

At the time, the Dolphin Group Companies issued a statement distancing the company from him, saying he had been diagnosed with a progressive brain disease that "can result in changers in personality, impaired judgment and impulsive behavior."

The Dolphin family released another statement following Monday's guilty plea:

Greg Dolphin pled guilty today before Hennepin District Court Judge Martha Holton Dimick to one count of possession of child pornography related to charges filed by the Hennepin County Attorney on March 31st. Sentencing will occur at a future hearing.

As was disclosed by the Dolphin family in March, Greg was diagnosed by the Mayo Clinic in June of 2016 with frontotemporal degeneration, a progressive brain disease that can result in changes in personality, impaired judgment and impulsive behaviors. Since Greg Dolphin was charged back in March, he has been evaluated by Mayo Clinic on two separate occasions and continues to show a decline and further progression of the disease.

Both his physicians and the Dolphin family believe Greg has been in a state of progressive decline for at least the last 3 to 5 years. Initial media reports involving Greg's arrest last March erroneously assumed that Greg had an active management role in the Dolphin Group of Companies. Greg previously was involved in Dolphin Fast Food until it was sold in 2016 wherein he retired in 2016 from an active role in the Dolphin Companies. Greg does NOT serve as an officer, director or voting shareholder in any Dolphin Company.

Since it became clear the disease has significantly impaired Greg's judgment and behaviors, he has been under 24-hour care. Greg's brother and sister have assumed the responsibility of acting as his legal guardian and are providing for his care and needs. As was noted back in March, the Dolphin family was shocked and saddened by the allegations involving his behavior. Greg has expressed regret and remorse for his actions, understanding he now requires constant care.

The Dolphin family wishes to extend its deep appreciation to the many friends and others who have offered their support and shared stories of family members who have experienced the struggles and pain of dementia. It is a disease that impacts the entire family and community.

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