Originally created 08/14/04

Harlem man faces five child porn charges

A 41-year-old Harlem man was charged Friday with five felony offenses involving child pornography.

Darryl Stanley Holley, of the 6000 block of George Walton Drive, appeared in Columbia County Magistrate Court, where Judge J. Wade Padgett set bond at $125,000 - $25,000 for each charge.

Mr. Holley, who is the computer systems operations manager for Morris Communications Co., the parent company of The Augusta Chronicle, also was ordered to move out of his home until his children have been interviewed by social workers.

Columbia County sheriff's Sgt. Harold Clack testified that a search warrant was used to enter Mr. Holley's residence July 28, where nine computers - four laptops and five desktops - were confiscated.

A forensics expert found about 7,600 images, of which about 5,000 were child pornography, stored on the hard drive of one computer from the dining room of the home, he said. The remaining eight computers have not been analyzed.

The sheriff's office was brought into the case by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which had been contacted July 26 by a Stanislaus County, Calif., detective who was working undercover and visiting various Internet Web sites and chat rooms.

The California detective received a photograph of a female child engaged in oral sex with a man, and traced the sender's Internet service provider address to Georgia, where authorities subpoenaed information from Charter Communications to learn the sender's identity.

That information, Sgt. Clack testified, led police to Mr. Holley's home.

Assistant District Attorney Todd Hughes told Judge Padgett there could be additional charges in the case after authorities complete their investigation. He described the evidence discussed Friday as "merely a representative sampling of a much larger matter."

Mr. Holley's attorney, Pete Theodocion, said his client has lived in Harlem all his life, has been happily married for 20 years and is a good father to his two teenage daughters, who, he assured the judge, have not been mistreated.

"He has no history of criminal activity whatsoever," Mr. Theodocion said. "Were it not for this case, we'd single him out as the ideal model citizen."

Mr. Hughes asked that bond be set at $150,000, but Mr. Theodocion, contending his client is not a flight risk, asked for bond in the amount of $50,000. Judge Padgett later set bond at $125,000.

Reach Rob Pavey at 868-1222, ext. 119, or rob.pavey@augustachronicle.com.


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