Rapides DA's Office explains why 49 child pornography counts were dismissed

RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB) - The Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office has released a statement explaining why prosecutors chose to dismiss 49 counts of pornography with juveniles last week that Terry Lee Adams, Jr., 49 of Tioga, was facing.

Terry Lee Adams, Jr. (Source: RPSO)

You'll remember, the DA's Office dismissed the 49 counts and amended a fiftieth count of pornography with juveniles to obscenity second offense in a plea deal for a case dating back to March 2015.

Adams was represented by George Higgins. The case was being prosecuted by Monica Doss with the DA's Office.

Adams was originally charged by the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office with 100 counts of pornography with juveniles when arrested in September 2015. A grand jury at the time decided to indict him on 50 counts.

Last Monday, upon a motion by the DA's Office, the bill of information was amended to obscenity second offense in lieu of pornography with juveniles. Adams withdrew his plea of not guilty to pornography with juveniles and entered a guilty plea to the lesser offense of obscenity second offense. In return, the DA's Office dismissed the remaining pornography counts.

Judge Mary Doggett sentenced Adams to pay a $1,000 fine and $495 in court costs.

After a request from News Channel 5, 1st Assistant District Attorney Greg Gravel gave this statement about why the charges were dismissed: "After a thorough analysis by this office, there were serious concerns about the lack of the required evidence necessary to prove the charged counts beyond a reasonable doubt. As such, the District Attorney’s Office and the defendant entered into a plea agreement which was approved by the court."

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