UPDATE: Man accused of having child porn pleads not guilty

ATHENS, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE: 7/17/19 5:45 P.M.

An Athens man facing nearly three dozen felony counts related to child pornography pleaded not guilty on Wednesday.

Richard Lee Adams, 74, of Athens, entered the plea in Athens County Common Pleas Court, where his bond was set at $1 million.

He is being held in the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail pending a jury trial scheduled for Sept. 26.

Adams, who has two prior convictions on sex charges in Ohio - is charged with one count of pandering obscenity involving a minor or impaired person and 31 counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor or impaired person.

The charges were filed after the Athens County Sheriff’s Office recovered electronic equipment that contained still images and videos of
child pornography while executing a search warrant on July 2 at his home at 11371 Hawks Road.

Adams was incarcerated from 1989-1993 after being convicted of three counts of gross sexual imposition and from 1999-2011 for a conviction on four counts of gross sexual imposition, sexual battery and rape.


ORIGINAL STORY 7/3/19

The Athens County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 11371 Hawks Road, Athens, based on a tip provided by the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. This was July 2, 2019.

ICAC disclosed information regarding the online activity of Richard Adams who resides alone at the Hawks Road residence. He's 74-years-old. The Sheriff’s Office seized electronic equipment and obtained search warrants for those devices.

Detectives conducted an initial search of one item seized which contained both still images and videos of child pornography. He was immediately arrested and charged with thirty-one (31) counts of Pandering Sexually Oriented Matter Involving a Minor (F2), and one (1) count of Pandering Obscenity (F2). This case remains under investigation as searches are completed on the remaining equipment.

He has a record. He was incarcerated from 1989-1993 for three counts of Gross Sexual Imposition (F3), and from 1999-2011 for four counts of Gross Sexual Imposition (F3, F4), one count of Sexual Battery (F3), and one count of Rape (F1).

He's now classified by the court as a habitual sexual offender and ordered to register once a year annually for 20 years. He is currently being held in the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail on a $500,000 bond. Additional charges are expected.



 
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