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Ex-Scott supervisor being held at the Duffield Regional Jail pending transport to Florida

August 23rd, 2007 12:00 am by CLIFFORD JEFFERY

Ex-Scott supervisor being held at the Duffield Regional Jail pending transport to Florida


A former member of the Scott County Board of Supervisors waived his extradition
Wednesday, allowing Florida officials to claim him for prosecution in Martin County on charges of lewd and lascivious exhibition to a minor via a computer and computer solicitation of a m i n o r.

James Jennings, 65, was given a $50,000 bond on two similar charges leveled by Scott County Sheriff’s Department criminal investigators, but he is being held at the Duffield Regional Jail pending transport to Florida, said Scott County Commonwealth’s Attorney Marcus Mc-Clung.

Unfortunately, Florida officials cannot come pick up Jennings for at least a week, McClung said.

“It is a matter of logistics. They just can’t get up here to get him,” McClung said.

Jennings could request a bond on the extradition if it takes too long to get a hearing in Florida.

“That bond just says he will show up when Florida comes to pick him up,” McClung said.

The Scott County commonwealth’s attorney faces some struggles of his own with the case. Jennings was sitting at a computer in his home in Nickelsville when he allegedly sent pornographic video to a Martin County investigator he believed was a 14-year-old girl. But that investigator, Brian Broughton, said a crime is committed in the jurisdiction of the victim — Martin County, Fla.

“He committed a crime down here. His computer has to be gone through for evidence,” Broughton said.

Initially, Scott County investigators planned to send the computer to a lab in Richmond, but Broughton said they have their own computer lab and will be able to dig through the computer data within a couple weeks.

“Our turnaround should be pretty quick,” he said.

That is good news for both Florida and Scott County. While technicians will primarily be looking for information relating to the Martin County case, any child pornography found on the hard drive can be turned over to Scott County for additional charges.

Scott County originally charged Jennings with computer solicitation of a minor. Because he is charged with the same crime in Florida, McClung said he will amend his charges.


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