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May 26, 2014

Porn case asks big question

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — Testimony in a Pauls Valley child pornography hearing this week at times turned from specifics in the case to a broader question about the illegal act itself.

Much of the questioning from a defense attorney representing Randy Little, 43, of Byars centered on what is considered by people to be child porn.

These questions from PV attorney Billy Vandever came during a preliminary hearing for Little Thursday afternoon in a Garvin County District courtroom.

Little faces two felony charges after he was seen last February looking at images on a computer described as child pornography as he sat in the McDonald’s restaurant in Pauls Valley.

An examination of the lap top computer’s hard drive later revealed more than 600 photos and a few videos of what one state witness described as child porn.

It was McDonald’s employee Richard Morningstar who was cleaning floors and tables in the restaurant when he caught a glimpse of an image on a computer being used by a man, later determined to be Little, as he sat in a booth.

“I was cleaning in the lobby and walked by and glanced at a lap top,” he said, adding the glance went on for about 45 seconds. I was shocked so I stared at it for a second. It surprised me so I went and told my boss. I told them I think somebody in the lobby is looking at or downloading child pornography.”

During that glance Morningstar claimed to see a photo with both naked and partially clothed young children.

It was here Vandever went after the difference between Morningstar’s testimony and his initial statement to authorities earlier this year, which apparently didn’t mention anything about an image of explicit nudity.

Either way, Morningstar testified the image he saw was “just wrong” and something he considered to be child porn.

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