“Former Nevada County Supervisor Terry Lamphier today plead no contest to a misdemeanor charge of viewing adult material on a government-owned computer. He was sentenced to one year of probation and assorted fees and fines,” as YubaNet is reporting.
“His attorney, Stephen Munkelt, said ‘We were glad to get the child pornography charges dismissed. Our forensic expert’s report clearly showed that Mr. Lamphier never knowingly entered search terms that any reasonable person could expect to return pornographic content.’
“Nevada County initiated an investigation after an anonymous letter was left on the counter of the Board of Supervisors office. The content of the letter was such that the Sheriff’s Office requested and obtained a search warrant for Lamphier’s residence and his vehicle. The letter was later revealed to have been authored by Steve Enos, a former supporter turned opponent.
“On December 29, 2014, the Nevada County District Attorney’s Office filed a three count misdemeanor complaint against outgoing County Supervisor and incoming Grass Valley Councilmember Terry Lamphier for possession of child pornography. The charges filed alleged that on three different dates Lamphier used his county computer to access and/or possess child pornography images. The dates listed on the complaint are September 30, October 13 and October 16, 2014.
“According to the expert forensic report, commissioned by Munkelt, ‘My review of discovery and forensic review of Mr. Lamphier’s work computer showed that every image of an erotic or pornographic nature was the result of caching by the computer’s operating system and there was no evidence whatsoever that Mr. Lamphier had purposefully saved anything he had encountered in these browsing sessions.’
“The trial was postponed several times and was set to begin on May 24, 2016. Lamphier faced up to one year in prison per charge and a mandatory registration on the sex offenders list. The plea deal does not contain any registration or subjects Lamphier to unannounced searches during his one year probation.
“Munkelt stated the outcome was a reasonable resolution of the case.”
YubaNet’s full article is here.