Constable could lose assets if guilty in child-porn case

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

The federal government has notified Russ Campbell it intends to seize his home, car, business and other assets if he's convicted of the child pornography charges he faces.

A federal prosecutor served Campbell's attorney Monday with a letter of intent that the U.S. plans to seek the forfeiture of Campbell's assets that could have been used in the distribution of child pornography if he's found guilty.

Campbell, a Franklin County constable, is under federal indictment on the charges. Campbell is also under a joint investigation by the FBI and Frankfort Police for an allegation that he may have sexually abused a child in the Frankfort area.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Wohlander handed Campbell's defense attorney David Guarnieri the letter of intent for forfeiture at Campbell's arraignment Monday in U.S. District Court.

Campbell pleaded not guilty to U.S. District Judge Joseph M. Hood to charges of possession of child pornography, conspiracy to distribute child pornography and distribution of child pornography.

Campbell was arrested at his Indian Hills home last week after an undercover FBI investigation revealed a screen name traced to him was used to post images of child pornography to an online user group in July 2003.

An FBI affidavit states the screen name "knik123ky" traced back to Campbell posted images which included one entitled "blondebaby" and showed a minor female of approximately 4 or 5 years of age engaged in oral and genital intercourse with an adult male. The affidavit also said "knik123ky" posted a one-minute, six second video clip that depicts the violent rape of a 4 or 5-year-old female by an adult male.

During a search of his home, FBI agents seized Campbell's home computer to be used as evidence in the case. FBI lab analysts are examining the images to determine where they came from and how they were produced, Wohlander said.

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