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Berea man indicted on porn charge

04.18.08 10:05 AM – Andy McDonald

Note: An indictment is merely an accusation until proven true in a court of law.

A Berea man was indicted Thursday for charges relating to child pornography.

According to court documents, Ronald Powell II, 26, of Harrison King Lane, Berea, was arrested on Feb. 22, 2008 for possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and failing to comply with sex offender registration requirements.

The complaint signed by Madison County Sheriff Nelson O'Donnell stated: “Subject has sex acts performed by a minor on CD as well as computer. Subject also was non-compliant on sex offender registration.”

The indictment notes that on Feb. 20: “...he [Powell] knowingly had in his possession or control matter which visually depicted an actual sexual performance by a minor or minors,” according to court documents.

The second count of the indictment stated that Powell, “...knowingly failed to notify Probation and Parole of his electronic email address and any Internet identities, having been convicted of a prior sex offense and having been required to register for his lifetime.”

In addition, Powell was indicted on one count of being a persistent felony offender second-degree , having previously been convicted of several felonies in Virginia, according to court documents.

Possession of material depicting a minor in a sexual performance and failing to comply with the sex offender registry are Class D felonies. If convicted, the defendent could be sentenced to up to five years in jail.
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