Tuesday, June 8, 2010

David Stodghill's alleged long history with child porn

While most people who read this blog are aware that the current charges David Stodghill faces are nothing new to him - in 1995 he was convicted of sexually assaulting a minor, and in 1991 of concealing the whereabout of a minor - this blog has also confirmed that in 2001 Federal authorities were investigating Stodghill for creating and distributing child porn.

According to the warrant that led to his arrest earlier this year, in February 2001 the Lee County, FL Sheriff's office received an anonymous tip that David Stodghill was taking photos of his minor children and posting them at www.virgins-r-us.com. Per the warrant, "Included in the letter were several pictures of children involved in sexual acts."

Federal customs officials and local law enforcement attempted to contact Stodghill, who lived in the Fort Myers, FL area at the time, for an interview, but soon discovered that he and his family had abruptly fled. Law enforcement were also informed that the Department of Family Services had attempted to do a well-being check on Stodghill and his children in the months prior.

The warrant goes on to refer to Stodghill's 2009 and 2010 Los Angeles activities as his "Continued Child Pornography Possession in California," and that his current wife "had seen a manila folder in the residence which contained printouts of children engaged in sexual acts."

Tomorrow morning (Thursday, June 10th) Stodghill will face formal arraignment for charges of sexual assault of a minor under the age of 13. While there are no charges of child pornography at this time, the search warrant also alleges that Stodghill took naked photos of his female accuser.

More on Stodghill's life in Los Angeles and actual arrest, along with any updates about his arraignment in coming days.

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