Saturday, November 6, 2004

Trustee charged with possessing child porn photos

The Associated Press

COLUMBUS - A federal grand jury indicted a township trustee on a charge of possessing pornographic photos of children on a computer.

J. Timothy Halter, 64, of Galena, was accused of having 52 files containing illegal photos on Nov. 9, 1999, according to the indictment announced Thursday.

Halter was elected a trustee in Berlin Township in Delaware County last year. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Halter said he was surprised to hear of the accusation.

"This is the first I've ever heard of it," he said.

Halter was once accused of sexually harassing a former female employee at Westerville-based Arrow Industrial. That allegation stemmed, in part, from the discovery by Genoa Township police in 1999 of a closed-circuit TV camera in Arrow's women's restroom.

Police searched Halter's office and seized nearly 5,000 photographs, a TV, cassette tapes, pages from a nudist magazine and computer equipment.

Halter said Thursday that the computer equipment seized in 1999 didn't belong to him.

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