Seminole Paramedic Indicted On Child Porn Charges - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/26/07

Seminole Paramedic Indicted On Child Porn Charges

Source: Texas Attorney General's Office Source: Texas Attorney General's Office

NewsChannel 11 is learning more about the Seminole paramedic accused of keeping hundreds of pornographic pictures involving children on his computer.

A federal grand jury indicted John Eric Gilliam Thursday in Midland.  State authorities took him into custody shortly after.

We've learned Gilliam was in Lubbock just three months ago.  He was being treated for a bee sting that left him in a coma.

Gilliam, 39, stands indicted on charges of possession and transportation of child pornography.  Investigators say his collection of images numbered in the hundreds.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children alerted investigators to pornographic emails coming from Gilliam's America Online account.  That's when the Texas Attorney General's Cyber Crimes Unit stepped in.

"Unfortunately the cyber crimes unit has been very successful. We say unfortunately because again, we are going after individuals, arresting individuals that are potential child predators," David Boatright, Chief of the Texas Attorney General's Criminal Investigations Division said. 

NewsChannel 11 learned Gilliam spent several days in a coma at University Medical Center.

An article in the Andrews County News details that story, saying Gilliam was stung by a bee while helping fight off Africanized bees in Seminole back in June. He reacted, but recovered. Then weeks later, on July 8th, a second sting sent him to UMC.  After what the paper calls a miraculous recovery, Gilliam now faces up to 20 years in prison.

While Gilliam is a Seminole paramedic, we've learned he lives in Andrews.

We tried to speak with paramedics in Seminole, but they told us all comments would come from their director who is out of the office until Monday.

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