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News Shady Cove man charged with additional felony sex crimes

John Fitzgerald KennedyA Franklin man arrested a year ago on multiple charges related to child pornography was recently indicted on several new similar charges.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 48, of Shady Cove Lane, was arrested last year after being initially investigated following a complaint from a concerned citizen in early August 2011.

Initially, Macon County Sheriff's Office detectives searched Kennedy's residence during an identity theft investigation, but during a search for his identification, the suspect “admitted that there was child pornography in the residence,” according to search warrants from August 5 of last year.

During an interview with the suspect, Kennedy reportedly admitted to trading hundreds of pornographic photographs of children. Investigators seized evidence during the execution of the search warrants, where numerous items were taken as evidence including two laptop computers, film or digital photographs, cellphones and thumb drives containing the images.

At the time of Kennedy’s arrest, authorities indicated that the minors in the photographs were determined to not have been from Macon County, adding that they were likely obtained over the internet..

According to the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, Kennedy admitted to using the internet, frequently using Facebook as well as other means of social networking, including AOL and Yahoo! chat rooms, to commit sexual offenses.

Kennedy is currently facing three felony counts of third degree sexual exploitation of a minor and one felony count of identity theft with additional charges pending. He was issued a $100,000 secured bond on his charges.

Last week, a local Grand Jury found probable cause to indict Kennedy on 21 additional felony counts of second degree sexual exploitation of a minor, and four additional felony charges of third degree sexual exploitation of a minor. His bond for the additional charges was set at $125,000, for a total combined bond of $225,000.

Kennedy remains in custody at this time. His Superior Court trial date is set for September 24. Attorney Brad Tisdale will represent Kennedy on the new charges.


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