A convicted child pornographer plans to appeal nearly $1.7 million in restitution payments for two child victims he filmed and photographed while sexually abusing them over six years, an assistant federal public defender said Thursday.

Federal District Court Judge James C. Dever III ordered Dennis Johnston, 38, of Burgaw to pay a girl he abused $710,910 and a boy $952,020, totaling $1,662,930, according to an order he issued on Tuesday.

The payments are based on a doctor’s estimates of how much will be spent to treat the victims for the rest of their lives.


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