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Cary man gets 14 years on child porn charges

Posted April 8, 2009

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— A Cary man found to be using his work computer to download child pornography was sentenced Tuesday to 14 years in prison.

Jonathan Thomas Smith, 23, admitted to police that he had been downloading and viewing child pornography for years before his 2006 arrest. Investigators found more than 600 images of child pornography on Smith’s computer.

Witnesses told police that Smith showed an inappropriate level of interest in young children he encountered near his home, at his work and at churches where he volunteered.

Prosecutor George E.B. Holding praised the business owner who reported Smith to police, saying, “This defendant might well have continued his conduct for a much longer time. By taking that important step, that person stood between this defendant and future victims.”

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  • seaturtles246 Apr 8, 2009

    I hope he "enjoys" his time in jail.

  • whatelseisnew Apr 8, 2009

    Amazing that this man's civil right as so easily violated. When will this madness end?

  • Sunne Apr 8, 2009

    This porn was downloaded from the internet most likely. Therefore, the people who download it and share it are the distributors. Yes, the authorities should go after the people who downlaod and view it. Why would you want to view child porn if you are not attracted to children? Arresting the people who view and share it sometimes leads to the underground distributors.

  • Piny tek Apr 8, 2009

    So he's going to do only 11 years? He's already served three years in there awaiting conviction.

  • Trivr Apr 8, 2009

    I think this type of viewing will eventually lead to a victim. Be careful what you let into your mind. Including musical lyrics.

  • IceCreamMan Apr 8, 2009

    These people are truly sick - jail time alone will not make this guy any safer when he returns to the general population.

  • sadie1278 Apr 8, 2009

    Ugh..."at churches where he volunteered". He went out of his way to put himself near children in a place where he knew people would trust him.

  • WRALblows Apr 8, 2009

    I agree with readme. He downloaded kiddie porn which ain't cool and is dangerous. But readme's right, some of the guys who produce kiddie porn or take indecent liberties don't often get 14 years. The judge must have thought some of his other actions warranted a harsher sentence for the protection of children. That's the only rational explanation for the sentence.

  • ContinuityMan Apr 8, 2009

    Two words: General Population.

  • hkymom Apr 8, 2009

    2006 arrest? Took way too long for this conviction...

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