Deputies find child porn while serving warrant to sex offender

State Journal Staff Report, Published:

A previously convicted sex offender admitted Monday in Franklin Circuit Court to committing multiple sex offenses involving child pornography.

Scott Johnson, 70, pleaded guilty in two cases to two counts of first-degree distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, use of a social network by a sex offender and nine counts of second-degree distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

Johnson was indicted in September when Franklin County sheriff's deputies found a computer at his house at 658 Duckers Road #23 during a routine check on sex offenders. Johnson was previously convicted for possession of 100,000 child sexual exploitation images in Peoria, Ill.

During the check, deputies asked Johnson if he had Facebook on the computer, and he said he did. Registered sex offenders are not allowed to use social networks.

Deputies seized his computer and found photos and videos of child pornography on it.

Deputies later went to Johnson's house to serve him a warrant after he was indicted on one count of being a sex offender using a social network and two counts of distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor.

When officials arrived at his home, they once again found images of child pornography, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Emily Wilkey said.

“Some people just don't learn,” Wilkey said.

This discovery led to an additional nine counts of second-degree distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor.

Wilkey said she recommended an eight-year probation sentence for both cases.

Johnson will be sentenced Jan. 4.

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  • Thanks speed. I did try doing it with PERIODS between the letters but that didn't work. I'm still baffled as to why the word p0rn0graphy is censored at all, especially since they used the word in the story.

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  • Apparently the writers of the SJ piece do not have the censor...just us 7th grade girls.

  • I'm still baffled to why the last word is censored when they used it in the first sentence. It's not a BAD word at all......"A previously convicted sex offender admitted Monday in Franklin Circuit Court to committing multiple sex offenses involving child ***********"

  • uh, facebook isn't something that you "have on your computer".

  • Once a freak, always a freak.

  • 8 years probation????? Are you kidding me? I hope a Judge DOES NOT follow this recommendation. Why do the police waste their time investigating child **** or drug crime or any crime? These people are slapped on the wrist while baby criminals until they grow into monster criminals. Unless you are a pedophile then you get probation for ever. I looked this guy on the KSP sex offender registry and he's a move in from Illinois via Michigan. He obviously was told no Internet, no computer and he didn't stop. As long as we keep slapping criminals on the wrist who knows what will happen next with this guy.

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  • I can't believe the state journal blocked out a word that was used in their story. It might do it again but the word that was blocked is the last word in the first sentence of this article. I will see if it does it again...."***********"

  • Here is what I don't understand. If the prosecutor is going to recommend only probation then why go through the system & keep it tied up. I have always thought that if a person did their time in prison then they paid their debt to society & should no longer be harassed. However, when it comes to child *********** then either he should be in prison automatically for violating his conditions of parole or why bother doing these checks. A 70 year old man can still be extremely dangerous.