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Cape Girardeau man accused of downloading child pornography

Friday, November 6, 2009

A Cape Girardeau man faces child pornography charges after his girlfriend allegedly found explicit photos on his home computer.

Johnny R. Hunter, 23, 418 Themis St., No. 6, was arrested Oct. 29 after he admitted searching for and downloading photos and videos that depicted sexual acts involving girls younger than 15. His bond was set at $50,000, which he has since posted. He is due to be back in court Nov. 23 before Associate Circuit Judge Gary Kamp.

The felony charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

The photos and videos were discovered when Hunter's girlfriend used his desktop computer. After finding the explicit pictures, the girlfriend notified police and gave them permission to seize the computer, which was taken to police headquarters for further examination, Officer Matthew Peters wrote in a sworn statement accompanying the charges.

One video discovered on the computer, he wrote, appeared to include a girl who was 2 or 3 years old.

After being read his Miranda rights, Hunter said during a recorded interview at police headquarters that he had downloaded about 20 videos depicting underage girls having sex over a three- to six-month period, Peters wrote in the sworn statement.

Hunter denied sharing the videos with anyone else, Peters wrote.

When he was arrested shortly after 11 p.m. Oct. 29, Hunter had a laptop computer with him. He told police that they would likely find pornographic images on the computer but that no illegal images were present on the computer. The laptop computer was also taken to police headquarters for examination.

Hunter also admitted that he had chatted with minors online but never about sex, Peters wrote.



Pertinent address:

418 Themis St., Cape Girardeau, MO

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A good lawyer could have beaten this if he had kept his mouth shut...

It's arguably a case of ex-gone-mad, so unless he had exclusive access to the computer, the state would not be able to PROVE that HE downloaded anything.

-- Posted by OlderEagle on Thu, Nov 5, 2009, at 6:56 PM

if the past is any indication of the future, he's gonna have a bright future.

-- Thomas O. Stroud Jr., 27, was sentenced Thursday to 90 months in federal prison on one felony count of possession of child pornography. Upon release from prison, Stroud will be placed on supervised release for 40 years.

-- Danny Clayton White, 39, was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison on one count of possession of child pornography. Upon release from prison, he will be placed on supervised release for the remainder of his life.

-- Coy Delaney Alspaugh, 52, was sentenced to 120 months' imprisonment on one felony count of possession of child pornography...

-- Posted by OlderEagle on Thu, Nov 5, 2009, at 7:03 PM

mongengineer -- Our guys in uniform probably don't want him around, either; and if they killed him the UCMJ would send them to prison for life...

-- Posted by OlderEagle on Thu, Nov 5, 2009, at 7:04 PM

I never thought about it but it would be a way for a spouse or anyone that can access your computer to ruin your life.

You win the lottery and your wife decides to have you set up so she can play. We saw last week what a wonman can do to ruin a man.

-- Posted by Wiff on Thu, Nov 5, 2009, at 7:49 PM

My thoughts exactly grandma72!

-- Posted by Sadi on Thu, Nov 5, 2009, at 8:00 PM

Worse yet, where are these PsOS that are making these movies? Can't we catch them? Surely there is a source of where the videos are originating.

-- Posted by Egotistical_Bigot on Thu, Nov 5, 2009, at 8:03 PM

Older Eagle,

I don't see how this is a case of "ex-gone-mad". The article states it was his girlfriend who found the material on the computer, not the ex-girlfriend. I applaud her for doing the right thing and not standing by her man like some do.

-- Posted by unsubscribe on Thu, Nov 5, 2009, at 8:10 PM

i worked at a place once where pornography kept popping up on our computers. it was horrible. everyone was accusing everyone else. it went on for months. When you have a computer that others can access you can't prove who put the porn there unless you catch them in the act.

-- Posted by Skeptic1 on Thu, Nov 5, 2009, at 9:12 PM

Good for the Girl Friend. Now I hope she can find some guy who is worthy of her.

For any other slumbag like Mr Hunter out there, you will be caught, so don't do it.

and remember, God is watching even if you don't get caught!!!

.....and so it goes.

-- Posted by mo_ky_fellow on Thu, Nov 5, 2009, at 9:33 PM

i worked at a place once where pornography kept popping up on our computers. When you have a computer that others can access you can't prove who put the porn there unless you catch them in the act.

-- Posted by BadMomma on Thu, Nov 5, 2009, at 9:12 PM

You said it. I wonder if there are programs that will keep that from happening.

-- Posted by Wiff on Thu, Nov 5, 2009, at 10:09 PM


He will be punished! I doubt in the way you would prefer. The Girlfriend did the right thing by informing the police. He also hung himself by not keeping his mouth shut. I agree with Megla,

lets concentrate huge efforts in finding those who are abusing these kids and putting it on video. More needs to be done. As for an " eye for an eye" well like I said before, if we still lived under that law the whole world would be blind! I think his punishment will be sufficient.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Fri, Nov 6, 2009, at 7:19 AM

I hope he gets to play "see who can break the broom handle off first" in prison.

Grandman you said it best.

-- Posted by gman on Fri, Nov 6, 2009, at 8:23 AM

Mr. Wiffle- yes there are several programs that can prevent this from happening. Almost all antivirus programs allow you to have parental control over a computer. You set the security level to the highest and it will block everyone from going to any website that is unsafe or have graphic photos.

Also there are two websites that offer more info and how-tos: www.safefamilies.org and www.cpurity.com

-- Posted by Skeptic1 on Fri, Nov 6, 2009, at 11:02 AM

It's good to see that there are still decent people out there. Major kudos to the girlfriend for turning this scum in.

-- Posted by all_i_hear_is_blah_blah on Fri, Nov 6, 2009, at 12:20 PM

Way to go girlfriend!

-- Posted by flowershopgirl on Fri, Nov 6, 2009, at 1:37 PM

the charge carries a maximum penalty of life great but they can actually molest the child and the maximum is 20 years makes a lot of sense to me.

-- Posted by semoangel70 on Fri, Nov 6, 2009, at 5:12 PM

It didn't say she was an ex-girlfriend. Maybe she was his present girlfriend that found the photo's and had some human compassion for those children. Thank you girlfriend! As for last week. Those men just wanted to murder someone. They allowed greed to be their excuse. They weren't good men. They were all just trash!

-- Posted by northmountain on Fri, Nov 6, 2009, at 9:25 PM

Several of ya'll are missing my point:

There is no way to know - nor prove - that the girlfriend is sincere in her claim that she "found" the porn on his computer.

Humans are capable of sinister behavior; and she may have downloaded it as a way of letting him know 'they are through'...

-- Posted by OlderEagle on Fri, Nov 6, 2009, at 11:23 PM

He confessed, so it no longer matters whether he did it or she did it. He confessed to searching for and downloading the garbage, so it's over for him. Kudos to the girlfriend for turning the wackjob in.

-- Posted by xXAngelicEvilXx on Sat, Nov 7, 2009, at 3:07 PM


Americans have some very sick logic!

Adults who seduce prepubescent children have serious mental issues, and are deserving of lots of confinement time. Perhaps even life in some cases.

Adults who look at pictures and videos made by other sleazy people, but never actually attempt to have sex with prepubescent children deserve a milder punishment.

Yet the goofy critters who make the laws in America will destroy a man/womans life for looking at images of children, or teenagers, but when a man gets into a bomber plane, flies over Iraq, or Afghanistan, drops dozens of 2000 bombs which land on newborn babies, toddlers, children and young adults, blowing them into mincemeat, that person is patted on the back and given medals for bravery?

So what are you all saying here?

That it is better to kill young people by the thousands than to have sex with one?

Take a look here and then decide if we are as heroic as you thought.


Click on the module in the upper left hand corner where the woman has a black shawl on her head. Then watch closely and let us know if what we are doing to innocent people over there is something that GOD would approve?

People, learn to use self control. There are many illegal things I think about doing every day. However, I realize they are not in accordance with the ten commandments. So I restrain myself from becoming an outlaw, or a pervert. That's what normal people do. Those who have no self control eventually end up on the news wearing the Orange clothes. :-)

Make sure all sexual pictures on your computer are of people seventeen and older.

Password protect the computer so that no one can add something to your computer while you are away.

Set up "guest" accounts for strangers, or other questionable people. They can surf the net, or check email, but they don't have the right to add, delete, or modify any files.

Men, you need to be careful today. Women will stoop to some astounding lows to set up a man who has scorned them.

After that cross your fingers and hope you have done enough to protect yourself. :-)


-- Posted by Le Spook on Mon, Nov 9, 2009, at 9:37 PM

Thank you sweet heart for standing up and showing the world you have morels and have been brought up right Your parents I know are very proud , very proud of you! ....This is why our kids and grand-kids can't even go outside and play alone anymore. First they start with the picture's then trying to meet them , then hurting them or killing them. This guy Mr. John Hunter is a sick puppy and needs to be put out of his misery for there is no cure for these kind of people. Have you ever noticed how many there are these days check out the police map on the web. Check where they all live, you will have one with in a mile or less from your home I guarantee it. Just because you live in a so called good neighborhood means nothing these days. Check it out see who they are ,you will be surprised! This is one down and hundreds to go !

-- Posted by monk on Tue, Nov 10, 2009, at 7:05 PM

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