Child porn found on computer of former City Councilman - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Child porn found on computer of former City Councilman

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

FBI Agents say in recently released court records that they found pornographic images on a laptop computer belonging to former City Councilman John Leonard.  The computer was seized in February 2008 from his work office in the 5200 block of 11th street. 

Court records say three images were found on Leonard's computer.  "One of the images depicted …. A pre-pubescent naked female, approximately 4 to 6 years old." 

Leonard's city computer was also confiscated about a month later along with other records in an FBI raid on City Hall.  Court records say the February seizure was related to the raid at City Hall, which came about two months later. 

Court records do not specifically say that Leonard is the one who downloaded child pornography.  Nor do court records specifically say Leonard knew of the images.  (Federal law says one must "knowingly" possess child pornography in order to be guilty.)   However, records do say that Leonard owned the computer.   FBI Agent Michael Orndorff writes, "I am currently investigating alleged criminal violations … by John W. Leonard, III."

The court records say that because the FBI discovered the child pornography in an unrelated case, agents were asking the Magistrate for permission to search the computer hard drive specifically for more images of child pornography.   The Magistrate agreed. 

What did the FBI find in its more thorough search?  Court records only say, "images retained by Dallas Division of FBI."

At this time, no criminal charges are reflected in the public record.   Leonard has not yet returned a call for comment.

Related Story: Fraud allegations uncovered in raid on Lubbock City Hall

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