On Monday, December 12th, in Alexander County Superior Court, Bobby Gene Huffman of Taylorsville pleaded guilty to 14 counts of Second Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. The charges involved the downloading of pornographic images of minors on his computer. Each count is a Class E felony with a maximum punishment of 136 months. He was facing a total of 114 years in jail.
Pursuant to a negotiated plea, Huffman’s 14 counts were consolidated into 7 groups of 2 charges each.
For each of the 7 groups of charges, Huffman received a sentence of a minimum of 20 months and a maximum of 84 months, the groups to run consecutively, but all were suspended and he was placed on supervised probation for a period of 24 months on the following conditions:
1. That he is not to possess any electronic device capable of receiving, downloading, transmitting, or storing child pornography.
2. That he forfeit any computers or electronic devices seized from him which were going to contain illegal images and that they be turned over to the sheriff’s office to be destroyed.
3. That he register as a sex offender for the next 30 years.
4. That he not be in the presence of any minor children unless he is related to them by blood or marriage, as long as they are supervised by another adult.
5. That he serve a split sentence of 90 days in jail, credit for the 143 days he has served since his arrest.
6. That he participate in the Sex Offender Control Program.
7. That he pay the costs of this action.
If he successfully completes all of these conditions, he may be transferred to unsupervised probation in 12 months.
Attorney Joel Harbinson of Taylorsville represented Huffman.