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A new indictment returned Thursday against a Berea man charges him with 143 counts of possession of child pornography.

Gerald Jones, 42, of the 100 block of Kenton Avenue, was indicted in January on 10 counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, but that indictment was dismissed to allow for new charges on all the material Jones allegedly possessed, prosecutors said.

The indictment lists 103 videos and 40 photographs depicting sexual acts involving children that Jones allegedly possessed, and also charges Jones with cultivation of marijuana.

Jones allegedly had six marijuana plants growing in his home, according to the indictment. A possession of drug paraphernalia charge lists containers, pumps, lights, scales, gauges, chemicals and heaters as items found in Jones’ home “used to aid in the cultivation of marijuana.”

Jones is facing separate charges of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, first-degree sexual abuse and video voyeurism for an incident that took place between March 2006 and October 2007.

He is accused of videotaping and photographing himself having sex with a victim who was unable to consent, then posting the recordings on the Internet, court records state.

A pretrial conference in that case is scheduled for Dec. 10, and a Feb. 15, 2010, trial date has been set in the case.



Other indictments

• William R. Dudley, no age or address listed, on first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and a second-degree persistent felony offender charge. If convicted, Dudley could receive an escalated sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison.

• Christopher W. Glover, no age listed, of Somerset, on first-degree possession of a controlled substance, second offense, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. If convicted, Glover could receive five to 10 years in prison.

• Michael Grey Fish, no age listed, of Center Street, Berea, on first-degree possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and public intoxication. If convicted, Fish could receive up to five years in prison.

• Sherry Bratten, no age or address listed, on driving under the influence, fifth offense, driving on a DUI-suspended license, fourth offense, and failure to produce insurance card. If convicted, Bratten could receive up to five years in prison.

• Ricky D. Walton, no age or address listed, on flagrant non-support. If convicted, Walton could receive up to five years in prison.

An indictment is a formal statement of charges and does not imply guilt.



Brian Smith may be reached at bsmith@richmondregister.com or at 624-6694.

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