Former Anchor Point man arrested on porn charges

Posted: Sunday, December 24, 2006

Morris News Service-Alaska

A recent search of a computer seized almost five years ago from a former Anchor Point man resulted in his arrest on 10 counts of possession of child pornography, a class C felony.

Alaska State Troopers arrested John C. Davis, 63, at his Delta Junction cabin on Dec. 20. Because Davis has a prior felony conviction and had firearms in his home, he also was charged with third-degree weapons misconduct.

Two computers belonging to Davis and taken by troopers in January 2002 weren’t examined until recently after technicians with the Alaska Bureau of Investigation in Anchorage did an evidence inventory, even though local troopers in 2002 kept getting extensions for a warrant to search the computers for suspected child porn. The computers — and a warrant — got lost in the system, said Greg Wilkinson, a trooper spokesperson.

“This should have been dealt with years ago,” said retired trooper Sgt. Jim Hibpshman, head of the Homer post — now the Anchor Point post — until April 2005.

In January 2002, Sgt. Rick Roberts, then assigned to the Homer trooper post, went to Davis’ Anchor Point home to investigate a report alleging Davis sexually abused a child and possessed child pornography.

After finding bookmarks for pornographic Web sites, two computers were sent to the ABI crime lab. In July 2002, Roberts transferred to Sitka, but followed up on the case several times after he left Homer. Hibpshman also looked into the case, calling ABI at least five times trying to get the warrant served. He also had to get extensions on the warrant.

Last September, a trooper evidence technician contacted Roberts and said the warrant had never been served or the computers searched. Roberts told Dunn about the case and Dunn got a new search warrant in October. Investigators then searched the computers and found images of alleged child pornography.

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