By Russell Hixson
STILLWATER, Okla. —
A man accused of possessing child porn is free on bail after the defense accused prosectors of using bill as punishment for his charges.
Garry West, 52, of Perkins was charged with aggravated possession of child pornography and unlawful access to computer to violate Oklahoma statutes. He has pleaded not guilty. District Court Judge Stephen Kistler scheduled a jury trial for Jan. 28.
Attorney Royce Hobbs called the original $500,000 bond “pre-trial punishment” and urged the court to allow a more reasonable bond.
Kistler sustained Hobb’s request for a 10 percent cash bond. Court records show the $50,000 was paid Friday shortly after the hearing. Hobbs said West is a lifetime resident of the county, could be gainfully employed and needed to attend to matters.
Prosecutor Debra Vincent told the court the state set the bond high because they believe West is a threat to the community. Vincent reminded the court West was convicted in 1989 of sodomizing a young boy and filming it. He was released from prison in 1999, Vincent said.
West’s recent charges stem from a laptop he owned that was found to contain hundreds of allegedly obscene photo and videos involving children.
Court records show the defense has been contesting parts of the state’s case. Motions allege police illegally obtained the defendant’s laptop from his workplace and improperly questioned West without informing him if he was being detained. The motion alleges police were accusatory and coercive in their questioning and call for the statements to be suppressed.