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Scott resident facing felony child porn charges

January 10th, 2007 9:51 pm by KEVIN CASTLE



YUMA - Police investigators plan to bring charges to a grand jury next month after a photo lab employee alerted officials to alleged child pornography at a Scott County residence.


Investigator J.P. Bledsoe of the Scott County Sheriff's Department and Sheriff Jerry Broadwater both said Wednesday their case began late last week when a one-hour photo service in Kingsport contacted police officials after an individual dropped off some film for developing.


"There was enough evidence in the photos that (Investigator Chris Holder) saw to launch a case against these people. It was disturbing," said Bledsoe of the photos, which were processed on Jan. 5.


Once a name and address were obtained from the records at the photo service, Holder gained access to the home earlier this week through a search warrant, revealing more "disturbing" photographs involving a juvenile under the age of 10 who lived in the home, Bledsoe said.


The Scott County Department of Social Services was then notified of the evidence found and the photographs seized, leading to the child being placed in the custody of the state.


Bledsoe said taking the evidence to a grand jury in Scott County Circuit Court will help expedite the case quicker than the usual procedure of taking charges before a juvenile court judge.


"Once a jury has evidence in hand and they make a determination, the felony charges can be placed," said Bledsoe.


"If the route of taking the case to juvenile and domestic relations court were used, all the judge would do is recommend the charges be moved in circuit court. So we are just taking the next, progressive step."


Charges have not been filed in the investigation, and the suspect's name is being withheld pending the grand jury hearing.


Bledsoe said Wednesday that production of obscene items and possession of child pornography are the initial charges the sheriff's office plans to pursue in the case.


The next session of the Scott County grand jury is scheduled for Feb. 5.


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