Thursday, July 23, 2009

Former Officer Milton Scott Pruitt Guilty of Child Porn

A former Forysth County cop has been found guilty by a federal jury on two counts of receiving child pornography.

Milton Scott Pruitt, 41, was accused of accessing illegal images that had been stored as evidence on a Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office detective’s computer.

Witnesses testified that Pruitt, while working the overnight shift in March 2007, viewed 10 images of young children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The former sergeant, who was found guilty late Wednesday, admitted viewing the files on a laptop issued by the department, telling a GBI agent he was “just curious.”

“It is truly sad when a law enforcement officer uses county property to access such materials, and in this case, child pornography was also found on his home computer,” said GBI Director Vernon Keenan.

Pruitt, who will be sentenced Oct. 8, faces a mandatory five years in prison on each count and a maximum of 20 years behind bars.

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