Lincoln Jeweler Accused of Having Child Porn Maintains Innocence

By: 10/11 News Email
By: 10/11 News Email

Local jeweler James Powell was charged Friday with possession of child pornography, but he maintains his innocence.

Powell is accused of possessing at least 14 dvds and more images on a computer involving child pornography.

Police arrested 55-year-old Powell Wednesday.

Officers started investigating Powell September 24th after a Crimestopper tip.

According to court documents investigators seized a computer, DVDs, VHS tapes and other media from Powell's business, Jim Powell Diamonds located at 2740 North 48th Street.

Investigators say those videos showed children younger than 18 involved in sexually explicit activity.

According to court documents Powell admitted to officers he used to download adult movies from the internet. The officers asked to see some of the videos and Powell offered them several, but told them they would have to get a warrant to see the others.

Officers did get a warrant and seized Powell's computer and dvds.
According to court documents officers found child pornography on 14 dvds and videos on Powell's computer.

Powell's attorney, Chad Wythers, said Powell maintains his innocence. Wythers said Powell told him that he is part of a group that shares dvds and if there is any child pornography on them it came from someone else.

Wythers also said his client maintains there was no child pornography on his computer.

Powell was charged with the class 3 felony, that could result in 1-20 years in prison and up to a $25,000 fine. He was given a $40,000 bond and directed not to have contact with anyone under 18 years old.


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