Archive for Friday, March 20, 2009

Police officer testifies during child pornography hearing

March 20, 2009


A Lawrence police detective testified Friday that he found several images and videos of children being molested on a former Lawrence man’s computer.

Detective Scott Slifer spoke in Douglas County District Court about a forensic examination he did on two of the 27-year-old suspect’s computer hard drives and a removable flash drive.

The defendant, who no longer lives in Kansas, faces three charges of sexual exploitation of a child. He is free on $30,000 bond. The man has pleaded not guilty in the case, in which prosecutors allege he possessed the material in 2005.

Slifer said he used a national database that tracks missing children to verify the identity of some of the children in the images and videos.

Friday’s testimony came during a hearing about whether a Topeka-based expert witness for the defense can possess some of the evidence to examine it. Prosecutors and police have argued the expert must examine the evidence at a lab in the Kansas City area to comply with privacy and security concerns.

Defense attorney Angela Keck said the defense is trying to keep down legal costs because the Kansas Board of Indigents’ Defense Services is paying the expert. The investigator would comply with any privacy guidelines, she said.

Chief District Judge Robert Fairchild will rule later on the motion. He has not yet set a trial date.

The Journal-World generally does not identify suspects in sex crime cases unless they are convicted.


WHY 9 years, 2 months ago

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KansasVoter 9 years, 2 months ago

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 9 years, 2 months ago

No... NOT funny.

Why don't people take more time to read what they are posting?

WHY 9 years, 2 months ago

Just because you can't see humor in bad things doesn't make it right for you to censor those of us who do.

WHY 9 years, 2 months ago

Why is it wrong to question how someone becomes an expert in child porn?

WHY 9 years, 2 months ago

Why are you afraid of a simple question?

WHY 9 years, 2 months ago

Why does the LJW feel the need to parent the public. Maybe this newspaper would be even more interesting if you would ask hard questions.

WHY 9 years, 2 months ago

Is it wrong to challenge the hypocrisy that a police officer can become an expert in child porn but you will go to jail.

WHY 9 years, 2 months ago

Oh I am so sorry. That was thoughtless of me to post. I should have read my post before I hit submit. Sorry Lily and oldman. I didn't mean to bring up bad childhood memories.

WHY 9 years, 2 months ago

To bad we can't censor bad childhood memories.

lily 9 years, 2 months ago

I see humor in bad things all the time. I'm laughing right now.

KansasVoter 9 years, 2 months ago

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Bunny_Hotcakes 9 years, 2 months ago

The expert witness in this case would be a computer forensics expert witness--NOT a CP expert witness. The law is incredibly strict when it comes to possession of CP, to the point that computer forensics practitioners working for the defense can't examine hard drives, USB sticks, etc in their own labs.

Apparently I missed whatever the jackassery was going on above. The article could have been a little more clear about what the expert witness was actually an expert about, I suppose.

Mixolydian 9 years, 2 months ago

As part of a former job I had to watch video of children being sexually molested, anyone who would possibly make light of atrocities like that are beneath contempt.

It's been 15 years since I watched the videos and I still get queasy whenever the topic comes up. Once seen they can never be unseen. It's just too horrible to imagine. The burn out rate for SW's and LEO that work these crimes is high.

skinny 9 years, 2 months ago

The LJWorld will go the way of The Rocky Mountain news as the people of Lawrence are tired of them censoring their print!

HermioneElliott 9 years, 2 months ago

lily you are disgusting. The agony an adult can cause a small child is horrible. It is not amusing. It is not something to laugh about. No I have not been personally assaulted, but I have imagination and I have empathy, both of which you lack. Mixolydian while I am sorry you had to see that and remember it, I want to thank you for helping these children. They need people like you. I am glad we still have some censorship. After all we teach children not to display unseemly emotions in public. Why should adults be exempt from that rule.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 9 years, 2 months ago

Yeah, people... this topic is probably the MOST serious of all. Lighthearted "jokes" are not fitting. What happens to these kids is truly barbaric, like stories from a medieval dungeon during the Inquisition... but entirely sexual, and on little kids.

I wish they'd just yank the story altogether. Some of you may never know the depravity of your comments.

Sharon Aikins 9 years, 2 months ago

There are some situations where humor might help one get through it but this isn't one of them. This affects these children for the rest of their lives. They are unwilling participants manipulated by sick adults. Finding gratification in the sexual exploitation of kids isn't funny or acceptable. The only thing lower is the person who takes a child for a few minutes of their own sexual satisfaction and then kills the child.

soldier1 9 years, 2 months ago

I think lily was finding amusement in WHY's posts. the only person in this forum that is finding this amusing is WHY

compmd 9 years, 2 months ago

Hanging this man from the nearest tree will do nothing about those who create kiddie porn.

Remind me when you saw the last person who created kiddie porn on trial.

Steve Jacob 9 years, 2 months ago

I have no problems with shielding the name until convicted. It's not like he is a risk to the public. And with "only" 30K in bail, the judge agrees he is not a risk.

lily 9 years, 2 months ago

Sorry for the confusion Hermione, but Soldier is right. My comment was directed toward Why. I didn't find the article in the least bit humorous. Quite the opposite.

lily 9 years, 2 months ago

Actually I meant I didn't find the sick comments humorous.

WHY 9 years, 2 months ago

Lily it is okay to laugh. I don't think it is okay to rape babies but becoming an expert in child porn is funny. I would love to read his resume.

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