Action taken in three child pornography cases

By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – One Tupelo man was arrested and another pleaded not guilty in unrelated child pornography cases Tuesday.
A third, Davirio K. Frierson, 21, of Tupelo was sentenced to 33 months in prison after his guilty plea to possession of child pornography on his computer hard drive.
Steven Metcalf, 46, of Tupelo is charged with four counts of possession of child pornography for allegedly taking nude pictures of a 12-year-old girl. His bond was set at $100,000.
Sheriff Jim Johnson said the girl’s mother claimed to have discovered the pictures on the man’s cell phone. If the pictures were sent to another device or person, Johnson said more charges could follow.
In an unrelated case, James William Smith of Tupelo pleaded not guilty to a federal child pornography charge.
Smith, 26, was indicted Aug. 26 on one count that he possessed computers with movies of child pornography accessed from Internet folders across state lines. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Smith is free on $10,000 bond.
U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock set his trial for Nov. 14 in Aberdeen.
Frierson was indicted July 21, 2010, and pleaded guilty last January.
He must register as a sex offender.

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