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Clayton man faces 17 child porn charges

Posted June 30, 2011

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— A Clayton man faces numerous child pornography charges.

John David Herron, 30, of 2120 Canterbury Road, is charged with 17 counts of second-degree exploitation of a minor.

Cary police arrested Herron after tracking his computer activity over a two year period dating back to 2009. They found child porn on his computer that included pictures and videos.

The arrest warrant indicates the children ranged in age from six months to 10 years old.

Herron was being held under a $3 million bond at the Wake County jail. He is due in court next month.

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  • TeenDAD Jul 1, 2011

    #endrant...the cary guy on the other hand that was actively trying to meet up with and seduce teen girls, he probably deserves a little prison psychotherapy

  • misschris234 Jul 1, 2011

    Second degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
    (a) Offense. – A person commits the offense of second degree sexual exploitation of a
    minor if, knowing the character or content of the material, he:
    (1) Records, photographs, films, develops, or duplicates material that contains a
    visual representation of a minor engaged in sexual activity; or
    (2) Distributes, transports, exhibits, receives, sells, purchases, exchanges, or
    solicits material that contains a visual representation of a minor engaged in sexual activity. (b) Inference. – In a prosecution under this section, the trier of fact may infer that a participant in sexual activity whom material through its title, text, visual representations or otherwise represents or depicts as a minor is a minor. (c) Mistake of Age. – Mistake of age is not a defense to a prosecution under this section. (d) Punishment and Sentencing. – Violation of this section is a Class E felon

  • TeenDAD Jul 1, 2011

    Spirit warrior woman I suggest you look up the definition of "second degree"

  • TeenDAD Jul 1, 2011

    "We are not twisted here. It can give him an idea to go after the "real" children. Then the child would be in danger. Right?"

    Thats pure speculation. If anything these people should be treated as addicts. Looking at it online can keep the urges at bay and keep them off the streets prowling for children. They need help just like any other addict. I'm not defending this behavior in any way, it sickens me. I just think the way we deal with it needs updating. They need psychotherapy and not the kind prison provides.

  • wildcat Jul 1, 2011

    we would all be criminals if that's a crime.
    twc

    Not a criminal at all and never will be.

  • wildcat Jul 1, 2011

    If not for any other reason for curiosity.
    twc

    But what about the safet of the children? Don't you even care for them. Your point is very well taken. Be safe for the 4th.

  • wildcat Jul 1, 2011

    distributing of the videos.
    RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman

    regardless what you say or try to cover, HE IS GUILTY GUILTY AS SIN. Thanks for your input.

  • twc Jul 1, 2011

    wildcat, and as far as any sinful thoughts, we would all be criminals if that's a crime.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jul 1, 2011

    wildcat - The story says...

    "John David Herron, 30, of 2120 Canterbury Road, is charged with 17 counts of second-degree exploitation of a minor."

    That means he did go after the "real" children.

    Exploitation means he was the one doing at least some of the making and distributing of the videos.

  • timflowers Jul 1, 2011

    Authorities normally create a separate charge for each image found so that if one or more images are later ruled to be of legal age subjects, the other charges remain. Herron has 17 charges, which means a two year investigation involving many hours of police work and taxpayer money resulted in them finding 17 photos and videos, most of which have likely been circulating online for decades. Meanwhile, gangs are shooting at cars on RTP highways. Seems our priorities are a bit screwed up.

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