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Ex-Smithfield town worker faces child porn charges

Posted August 25, 2010
Updated August 26, 2010

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— A former Smithfield town employee was arrested Wednesday after child pornography was found on his office computer, police said.

Paul Hulth, 53, of Clayton, was charged with 10 counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. He was placed in the Johnston County Jail under a $400,000 bond. His first court appearance was set for Thursday.

Police said they started investigating in April 2009 after other town employees found "an inappropriate picture of what appeared to be a female juvenile" that had been printed from Hulth's office computer.

Hulth was employed as an engineering technician at the Smithfield Operations Center at the time, police said.

Forensics experts with the State Bureau of Investigation examined the computer and found pornographic images involving children on it, police said.

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  • froggytroat Aug 25, 2010

    >>I can't even get on facebook through my computer at work

    Maybe it was a laptop. These kinds of things are not just shared via email, either, there are sites on the internet that host it, too.

  • lauraleigh Aug 25, 2010

    Rev R.B. - Please tell me that you aren't sympathizing for the guy and criticizing his former employer for finding the junk!

  • RomneyRyan2012 Aug 25, 2010

    It's not on my computer!!! Why would you put it on your work computer? That's just stupid.

  • between_the_lines Aug 25, 2010

    I guess that's true. There should be another arrest pending if this was passed through an email trail. My work email is monitored and can be accessed by my superiors at any given time. With the proper email security systems and filters, "big brother" is always watching.

  • bill0 Aug 25, 2010

    Most child porn is set person to person, not accessed via a website. Filters like you are talking about would do no good. Your office email system isn't going to be able to differentiate between a picture of a kid on a bike and something more sinister.

  • Adelinthe Aug 25, 2010

    "... after child pornography was found on his office computer, police said."

    Why do they do that???

    Talk about spitting into the wind.

    Praying for his loved ones, the real innocents in this.

    God bless.

    RB

  • WhatYaGonnaDoNow Aug 25, 2010

    Actually I'm glad they don't have filters enabled. Think about it. If they had filters he wouldn't have been able to download to his office computer. Meaning he wouldn't have been caught!

  • between_the_lines Aug 25, 2010

    sick man. but I bet this mess is in every major office across america. dude got caught. why does the town of Smithfield not have filters on their computer systems to prevent this mess anyway? In my office, I can't even log on to ESPN.com to check my fantasy football. Heck, I can't even get on facebook through my computer at work. I'm just saying, filters would help these type of situations. Not excusing this sick pervert though.