Columbia man pleads not guilty to possession of child pornography

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 | 5:51 p.m. CDT; updated 11:42 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 3, 2014

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man pleaded not guilty to possession of child pornography Tuesday.

Scott May, 57, was arrested July 31 by the Missouri State Highway Patrol after an online investigation. A state trooper discovered an IP address had made hundreds of files, including a sexually explicit image of a young girl, available to other users online, according to previous Missourian reporting. The trooper traced the IP address to May, according to court documents.

On May's computer, the highway patrol found a video and 30 images of young girls between the ages of 12 and 15 performing sexual acts, according to court documents cited in previous Missourian reporting. He also admitted to a trooper that he would download videos and images of young girls several times a week, deleting them immediately after viewing them.

Assistant prosecutor Merilee Crockett said May pleaded not guilty to the sole charge of possession of child pornography. Further court proceedings for May, who was a Columbia Daily Tribune columnist for more than 25 years, have not yet been scheduled.

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