Charges dismissed against child pornography suspect
GUTHRIE, Okla. – In Dec. of 2012, 35-year-old Preston Lee Jones was charged with possession and distribution of child pornography.
Authorities tell us there were more than 25,000 images of child porn on the Pauls Valley man’s computer.
However, all the charges were dismissed this week.
Scott Adams said, “I think there was something like 25,000 images on this sicko’s computer and now the case is dismissed? I mean are you kidding me?”
Adams is representing former Guthrie police detective, Mark Bruning, who was an investigator on the case.
Bruning was an investigator as part of the Internet Crimes Against Children OSBI task force.
However, Bruning was fired last year after he was accused of wrongfully arresting his wife’s ex-husband following the Mumford and Sons concert in Guthrie.
Now, Bruning’s attorney is wondering if officials in Guthrie intentionally stonewalled the porn case for some reason.
He claims it’s a sad by-product of Bruning’s fight with the city.
Adams said, “It’s disgusting to me that they just take their ridiculous allegations against Bruning and then they go ruin criminal cases. I mean it just makes no sense.”
Chief Damon Devereaux, with the Guthrie Police Department, said, “We’re not playing games. We’ve got a job to do. This is just a small piece of what we do daily. And we don’t have time to be petty.”
Devereaux says OSBI officials are actually coming to Guthrie this week to retrieve files from Bruning’s computer.
He says despite the ongoing fight, Bruning will be allowed to be a party of that.
Devereaux said, “If they feel that he needs to come inside the police department to retrieve those files and that evidence, that’s what we’ll allow to happen, to ensure that these cases are prosecuted.”
Garvin County Assistant District Attorney Tara Portillo says she dismissed the charges against Jones without prejudice, which means the state can re-file the charges.
Portillo says she plans to do that just as soon as possible, as soon as she gets all the evidence she needs.
NewsChannel 4 called Jones’ attorney for comment.
However, we did not receive a call back.