Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Kristen Lamb found not guilty of possessing child porn

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Kristen Lamb: Not guilty of possessing child porn
  • Kristen Lamb: Not guilty of possessing child porn
In March 2011, a 20-year-old woman named Kristen Lamb was accused of possessing child pornography. At the time, a Cyber Crimes Task Force in Boone County discovered a computer in Columbia offering child porn through a file-sharing program, which they traced to Lamb's apartment. The file in question allegedly showed child-porn videos featuring pre-pubescent children.

Lamb was charged with suspicion of possession of child pornography.

Last week, her trial ended, and a jury found her not guilty.

ABC 17 News covered the trial, reporting that prosecutors showed clips from the videos, including one featuring a boy as young as 8 years old. The TV station also reported that Lamb testified that curiosity led her to download porn.

As for the the videos in question, ABC 17 reported:

She [Lamb] said she downloaded videos about children, but would find adults in the film, so she stopped worrying about titles of the videos.

The state is currently cross-examining Lamb. She told prosecutors she only saw three seconds of videos containing children, but could tell the kids in the videos were "underdeveloped" and "unengaged."

In Lamb's defense, a computer expert reportedly testified and called Lamb a "novice" at using a computer. So she may have unknowingly downloaded the videos.

Jurors deliberated for five hours before deciding that she was not guilty.

Prosecuting attorney Merilee Crockett wasn't happy with the verdict, telling the TV station:

"I believe on her own admissions that the evidence would've supported a guilty verdict, but 12 people decided not to do so," Crockett said. "I can't treat her any differently than anybody else. Perhaps her age and her gender played a big part in [the verdict]."

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