|Jerry Lee Thurman II (mug shot CCSO)|
One of the leading Geek Squad agents in southwest Missouri has been charged in two counties with possession of child pornography.
Following an undercover investigation by the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crime Task Force
Jerry Lee Thurman II, 37, of Ozark was charged in Christian County with having more than 20 still images of child pornography, consisting of pre-pubescent children engaged in sexual poses and/or acts as well as posing nude, and one video containing kiddie porn on two computers in his home.
Christian County chief assistant prosecuting attorney Donovan Dobbs says Thurman is also facing charges in Barry County of promoting child pornography with the intent to distribute obscene material with children under the age of 14.
According to court records, On November 7th an undercover officer with the Cyber Crimes Task Force discovered a person believed to be in the Ozark area sharing a large amount of known and suspected child pornography."
Authorities subpoenaed the Internet Service Provider and identified the user as Jerry Thurman.
On December 6th officers obtained a search warrant and on Dec. 7 officers seized two computers from Thurman’s home containing “20 still images and one movie...that depicted most pre-pubescent children engaged in sexual poses and/or acts.”
According to the probable cause statement filed with the charges, "Thurman admitted that he had downloaded images and movies containing child pornography and he moved files from one computer to another consistent with what officers located during the search."
Authorities say further examination of Thurman's computers “will be accomplished as soon as practical.”
Thurman is currently in Christian County Jail on a $25,000 bond. He is facing 5 to 15 years in prison if convicted of the charges.