Evidence Holding Up Child Pornography Case

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A man accused of downloading child pornography onto his computer appeared in court June 14 for a case update. Although it has been eight months since the 72-year-old man was arraigned in a Gila County courtroom on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a trial date has not been set.

It is the Roundup’s policy not to name victims or suspects in sex crimes. Suspects will only be identified after a conviction.

The man’s attorney, Elizabeth Flynn, said forensic evidence from the man’s computer, compact discs and thumb drives, reportedly holding dozens of images of underage children, is still in the hands of the prosecutor. Flynn said it is her understanding the prosecutor’s computer expert recently finished reviewing the evidence and submitted a report of their findings.

Once Flynn has access to the evidence and report, she plans to have it analyzed by her own expert.

Flynn also plans to interview the computer technicians that reported finding the porn to police in October, however, two of those witnesses “are not cooperating,” Flynn said.

Until the evidence is analyzed and all witnesses interviewed, Flynn’s client is waiving his rights to a speedy trial. Superior Court Judge Peter Cahill set a case management conference for 11 a.m., Monday, July 12 in Payson.

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