Defense raises cyber ‘snooping’ claim in porn case

Child Porn (KSN File Photo)
Child Porn (KSN File Photo)

WICHITA, Kansas (AP) – The president and CEO of The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children wants a federal court to quash a subpoena for his testimony in a Kansas child pornography case.

John Ryan made the request Tuesday in the federal prosecution of 56-year-old Walter Ackerman of Lebanon, Kansas. Ackerman is charged with distribution and possession of child pornography.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren has scheduled a hearing May 19-20 on a defense motion to suppress pornographic emails Ackerman is accused of sending.

Prosecutors say Internet service provider AOL uses a filtering process to detect child pornography and sends files to the National Center, which then notifies law enforcement.

Ackerman’s lawyers argue the practice amounts to cyber “snooping” resulting in illegal searches.

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