Police: Somer Thompson Person of Interest ‘Produced’ Child Porn

Feb 24, 2010 6:23pm

ABC News' Lee Ferran reports:
The person of interest in the murder of 7-year-old Somer Thompson was already in hot water for allegedly having a trove of child pornography on his computer, but now police say Jarred Harrell spent some time behind the camera.
In addition to the 29 counts of possession of child pornography he already faced, the 23-year-old now faces an additional 12 counts of "producing/promoting a sexual performance by a child" and one count of molestation of the same child who is under 12 years old, according to court documents. 
"He produced it himself," Clay County, Fla., Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Mary Justino told ABC News of the pornography.
Click here to see a PDF of the most recent arresting documents in the case.
While Florida law prohibits police from identifying the relation of the child to Harrell, investigators emphasized in a statement that the charges "do not involve Somer Thompson."
Harrell's arrest warrant puts the date of the alleged "production" between Aug.1, 2008 and Nov. 1, 2008, a year before Somer Thompson disappeared.
Harrell was a former neighbor of the Thompsons. In August 2009, two months before Somer went missing, Harrell's former roommates turned over to police a computer Harrell allegedly used that had sexual images and videos of children, according to previous arresting documents.
Click here to read ABC News' full report on Harrell's arrest.
In light of the new charges, which are all felonies, Harrell is now being held on no bond. He will make what police called a "another first appearance" in a Clay County court Thursday.
At a court hearing this morning, Harrell was represented by a public defender, according to police and the state attorney. The Clay County public defender's office did not immediately return calls for comment on the new charges from ABC News.
Somer Thompson was last seen walking to her Orange Park, Fla., home from school on Oct. 19, 2009. Her body was discovered in a Georgia landfill two days later.

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