Ward, 57, a former host on San Francisco's KGO radio has admitted to one count of e-mail distribution of child pornography in May and will be sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker.
Ward is a former priest, and the father of four children.
The defense has asked for the minimum sentence of five years for the liberal talk host; the prosecution has asked for the nine year maximum, saying Ward's conduct was "amoral" and "universally unacceptable."
In a filing last week, Ward's attorney, Doron Weinberg wrote that Ward admits to the seriousness of the offense, but contended that five years is sufficient punishment.
He said Ward's involvement in child pornography began as research for a
book but "lost its focus, at least in part because of the influence of
alcohol." The offense has had a "devastating" effect on Ward's family
and his career, the attorney said.
Ward has admitted he engaged in sex chats with an online dominatrix and sent her pictures of children engaged in sexual activity.